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 Claremont/Armistead CSA, we heard from 10 participants. We held one ‘kitchen table conversation’ in this CSA, which took place at the Fox Mansion in the neighborhood of Orchard Ridge on May 15, 2014. Along with this conversation, we received an additional response via an online survey. All 10 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 talked about student behavior and school discipline systems. They called for increased student discipline and better rule enforcement. They also talked about how teachers and schools need to stop just passing difficult student on to others.
- There was also conversation about resources and their allocation, and a request for more resources and supplies in general. They also talked about the need for more resources for special education programming.
- Respondents commented on school facilities and how they are generally unclean and unkempt. As a result, there was a call for improved custodial services.