Can Detroit be more like Baltimore?
Baltimore and Detroit have competed in the past for the distinction of having the most murders per capita. And I recall Baltimore leaders once wondering if the city had the worst schools in the nation. Well today, the answer seems to be a resounding no, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the city's test scores on a national test called the National Assessment of Educational Progress were considerably better than Detroit's. In fact, Detroit's scores were far below every other major city that took part in the testing. The whole subject is covered in a recent piece that explains how Detroit schools might like to try some of the strategies that have worked in Baltimore.
The piece gives a good measure of credit to the fact that the Maryland legislature decided to rework how it funds schools and now provides more than $1 billion a year toward education than it did earlier in the decade.