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 Cedonia/Frankford CSA, we heard from 43 participants. We held one ‘kitchen table conversation’ in this CSA, which took place at the Transforming Life Church of God in the neighborhood of Frankford on April 15, 2014. Along with this conversation, we received some additional responses via an online survey. Of the 43 participants, 7 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 a desire for additional activities and programs for kids, and specifically talked about a need for more after-school programs.
- Respondents spent a lot of time talking about teachers and school staff. They believed that the current teacher training programs are inadequate and suggested that the district need to spend more time training teachers on classroom management and new teaching strategies.
- Participants also talked about student behavior and commented that the current school disciplinary system is inadequate. They talked about poor student behavior in the classroom and lack of teacher training in how to address the behavior.