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 Chinquapin Park/Belvedere CSA, we heard from 10 participants. We collected these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA. Of the 10 participants, 8 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 desire for increased support for students. Some of the ways that they’d like to see this happen include direct services, academic support, and advocacy.
- Respondents shared their belief that schools support positive neighborhood growth and development.
- There were also calls to rethink the school disciplinary system.