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 Greenmount East CSA, we heard from 11 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 11 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 activities and options for students, and specifically requested more after-school activities and programs.
- Respondents shared their thoughts on school quality. Some people thought that schools are improving, but in general people had a low opinion of the quality of schools in the district.
- We also heard requests for increased community and parental involvement in schools, and suggestions that schools encourage and fund initiatives that engage the community.
- Participants talked about their neighborhood and how it is in need of help regarding the physical environment, as there are a number of vacant/abandoned buildings.