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 Downtown/Seton Hill CSA, we heard from 9 participants. We collected most of these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA, along with one response via an online survey. All 9 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 discussed teachers and school staff and specifically called for an improvement in teacher quality.
- We heard a request for increased community and parental involvement in schools, and a suggestion that the district actively work to create better school/community partnerships.
- Participants also talked about the need for more activities and programs for children and community members. They called for an increase in the number of in-school and out-of-school activities for children, families, and community members.