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 Morrell Park/Violetville CSA, we heard from 4 participants. We held one ‘kitchen table conversation’ in this CSA, which took place at St. Mark’s United Church of Christ in the neighborhood of Morrell Park on May 28, 2014. All 4 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, specifically regarding the need for better professional development for staff, as well as comments that many staff members are not respectful. Participants also indicated that they have had positive experience with male staff in the past.
- There was discussion regarding communications. Participants felt that communication from schools to the community was poor and infrequent, and suggested that the district put an emphasis on improving communication and outreach efforts.
- Participants also talked about the inadequate state of the facilities in the district.