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 Cross-Country/Cheswolde CSA, we heard from 6 participants. We held one ‘kitchen table conversation’ in this CSA, which took place at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center in the neighborhood of Glen on June 25, 2014. Of the 6 participants, 3 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 that better teacher and principal preparation is needed, and that there needs to be higher quality school options for kids
- We heard that students with special needs do not always receive adequate support. The services provided for special education students are uneven, and that there is not enough money allocated to these services. In addition, support for students for whom English is a second language is lacking.
- Participants also shared that the district needs to provide psychological support for students.