I often return to the site of my childhood elementary school in South Baltimore. As I sit there, next to railroad tracks and an elevated expressway, I thank God for the leaders, during the 1950s and 1960s, who showed their faith in us and invested in our future. For the children of our neighborhood, our teachers and parents were our Moses, leading us through a wilderness of prejudice and teaching us how to forge better lives. Five decades later, shining in a corner of my mind, I still can see the inspiring words that once were etched upon our elementary school sign. ’We now are becoming what we are to be,’ proclaimed that sign ‘ a simple motto that became the road map for our lives. As Americans, we have a compelling interest in the struggle for our future now being waged in our nation’s public schools. That is why I always find the time to meet with our community’s young people, their teachers and their families. I welcome these conversations about the importance of our public schools and our critical role as adults in forging the future of our community. I share with other parents how my father never once missed a PTA meeting