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Don't give up on our children

Erica Green's report on the education deficit faced by juvenile offenders in Maryland confirmed my view of the state's public school system ("Criticism leveled at schools for Maryland juvenile offenders," Dec. 28).

After working for several Maryland counties, I could list countless additional examples of the state's failure to educate our youth, and I wholeheartedly agree with interim Maryland school superintendent Jack Smith's description of a government's culture that suggests "these kids are criminals and they don't deserve all of this attention and money."

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Many of these kids have been dealt a rough hand in life and have only public education and other forms of public assistance to rely on in their effort to achieve self-sufficiency.

Children and adolescents are our nation's future. If our government gives up on such children at such a early age, the outlook for society as a whole is bound to be poor.

Sarah Smith

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