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Green School serves students well

First grader Simone Brocht, center left, 7, Ma'Kayla Cromartie, 7, and Jackson Vijayan, 7, ride in the back of the boat to Poplar Island, located on the Chesapeake Bay as students of The Green School of Baltimore last year.
First grader Simone Brocht, center left, 7, Ma'Kayla Cromartie, 7, and Jackson Vijayan, 7, ride in the back of the boat to Poplar Island, located on the Chesapeake Bay as students of The Green School of Baltimore last year. (Jen Rynda / Capital Gazette)

I am concerned about the story you published recently regarding The Green School of Baltimore (“Baltimore charter school working to narrow 'startling' achievement gap,” Jan. 30). I think you have got it wrong. The story appeared to me to be highly sensationalized. The beginning has graphics and data that do not present a fair or accurate portrayal of the school. Given the size of data set that the graphic and article were based upon (one year of PARCC scores of 39 and 24 students), the article lacks integrity from the start. It should have noted the small data set when the graph was first presented.

We’ve been at the Green School for three years. I have been in the classrooms and on field trips. The teachers and staff are amazing at what they do. They work very hard and invest a lot of time and heart in all of the kids who attend. Every member of the staff knows every child by name. I can assure you that it is one of the most integrated and accepting places a person of any color can walk into. And perhaps there are circumstances that contribute significantly more to the racial gap in education here in Baltimore that could use proper investigation.

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It is a shame to attack people working so purposefully to educate and accept Baltimore City students. I am very disappointed with this reporting.

Rachel Alborough, Baltimore

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