Toward the end of 2013, the Fund for Educational Excellence embarked on an intensive study of Baltimore residents’ views on their public schools. Over the course of four months in 2014, we heard from 859 Baltimore residents representing all 55 community statistical areas (CSAs) in Baltimore City through a series of intimate conversations about schools and neighborhoods.
In the Belair-Edison CSA, we heard from 15 participants. We collected these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA. Of the 15 participants, 12 chose to submit at least some demographic data.
Some of the themes that we heard most often from participants in our discussions included:
- Participants shared their opinion that there are great schools in the district and that overall school quality is improving.
- Respondents also talked about standards, curriculum, and instruction and requested that the school district provide students with more real-life and practical experiences to supplement their learning.
- There were also calls for increased parent involvement and for the schools to build and encourage school-community partnerships.