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 Brooklyn/Curtis Bay/Hawkins Point CSA, we heard from 13 participants. We held one ‘kitchen table conversation’ in this CSA, which took place in the Curtis Bay neighborhood on April 26, 2014. Along with this conversation, we received one additional response via a one-on-one conversation with a resident of the CSA. All of the 13 participants 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 concerns regarding the level of resources that are allocated to schools, and called for increases in the number of resources/supplies provided to schools (and specifically referenced text books multiple times).
- There was also clear demand for more activities and options for children. Suggestions included increasing the number of after-school activities and programs for students, and opening a Recreation Center or track for children and the community.
- Respondents requested that schools provide more holistic support for students and provide social services for children who need them.