Baltimore Spoke. We Listened.
City Wide Listening Campaign
Four Key Themes and Recommendations

City Speaks:
Community Voices on Baltimore Schools

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Communities

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Participants

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Conversations

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Citywide Report

ABOUT THE STUDY

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Why and Why Now

This report is the culmination of an almost year-long effort to hear from a large and diverse sample of Baltimore residents about their views of our city’s public schools.

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Methods

The Fund’s community study team examined hundreds of hours of conversations and survey responses using an inductive approach to identify key findings citywide.

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Results

From hundreds of hours of conversations and more than a hundred survey responses, ten large themes emerged that illustrate the community’s concerns about City Schools and outline a vision for public education in Baltimore City.

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Recommendations

We hope that what we heard from participants in this community study will inform new CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton’s thinking about how to tackle the challenges of Baltimore City Public Schools and build on its recent successes as well. Based on what we heard most, we have developed four recommendations for City Schools.

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