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 Edmondson Village CSA, we heard from 10 participants. We held one ‘kitchen table conversation’ in this CSA, which took place at the Central Church of Christ on May 31, 2014. Of the 10 participants, 6 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 belief that the current academic standards for students are too low, and expectations need to be raised.
- There was a call for increased community and parental involvement in schools. Respondents highlighted how important this work is, and how parents should be held more accountable, but also understood that parents are overburdened and suggested that this be taken into account.
- Participants also talked about teachers and school staff. We heard clear recognition of how teaching is a very difficult job, and support for increased classroom management training for teachers.
- Respondents shared that students and teachers need to feel safe in the school setting.