While black girls make up about 80 percent of the female student body in Baltimore, they account for 95 percent of suspensions and 92 percent of expulsions.

Your recent editorial on improving school facilities (“Hogan sets up a schools showdown,” Dec. 12) and instruction and the commentary about "empowering” girls (“Empowering girls makes them safer,” Dec. 12) were both spot on. The challenge of balancing spending on facilities versus instruction can be addressed by making dramatic changes in the way that we deliver instruction.

Without dramatic change, Baltimore will continue to face critical shortages of teachers (especially in STEM), and have children who live in neighborhoods that do not connect them with the abundance of life's work options that exist in our phenomenal state.

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Michael Cheatham

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