Women athletes in Baltimore don't get a fair shake from the city public schools. In his examination this week of the disparity between men's and women's athletic programs in city schools, The Evening Sun's Mike Klingaman found that in virtually every sport, girls' programs lag behind those of boys.
The result is that girls' teams have to make do with second-rate uniforms, equipment and other essentials. Girls have fewer sports to choose from than boys at the same school -- or girls in county high schools. A shortage of female physical education teachers often means there is no one to inspire girls to go out for teams or take a serious interest in athletics.
The dire straits of women's athletics in the city schools is symptomatic of a system that is starved for resources in almost every area, from textbooks to toilet paper, and that must try to provide instruction to some of the state's most disadvantaged youngsters with only a fraction of the funds devoted to education in the state's wealthier subdivisions.