The truth is, however, that this advice is wrong. People can and do send their children to Baltimore City Public Schools. Just ask the parents of the over 80,000 children currently attending a school in the system. What those giving me advice really mean is that I shouldn't choose to send my child to the city schools, and, as a white relatively affluent professional, that's a choice I am able to make. I can move to adjacent counties and take advantage of some of the best schools in the country. I can live in the city and send my children to private schools. In virtue of my privilege, I can make these choices and quite easily forget that the reality for many parents is no choice; due to poverty and housing availability, they must send their child to a city school.