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 Midway/Coldstream CSA, we heard from 7 participants. We collected these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA. Of the 7 participants, 4 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 standards, curriculum and instruction, and requested that more curricular options be made available for students.
- We also heard comments regarding district policies and practices. There were concerns about social promotion and the uniform policies, and a suggestion to put monitors on school busses.
- Respondents talked about school culture and climate and the need for building more mutual respect among students, teachers, and staff.