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 Greater Govans CSA, we heard from 14 participants. We collected these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA. Of the 14 participants, 9 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 behavior and discipline, and specifically that there is poor classroom/behavior management.
- We heard a clear call for more activities and positive options for kids. Participants requested more extracurricular activities and afterschool programming.
- Respondents also discussed the role that a school can play in a community, and shared their belief that schools can help by providing resources for parents and students.