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 Orangeville/East Highlandtown CSA, we heard from 4 participants. We collected these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA. All of the 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 student behavior and discipline, and shared the opinion that the disciplinary system needs to be revised (and specifically talked about enforcing the dress code).
- Respondents shared concerns regarding student safety and talked about it as a core requirement that all schools should ensure. Participants also talked about the role that neighborhoods need to play in providing a safe environment for children.
- Participants discussed district policies and practices, and shared praise for dress codes. They also requested more uniform implementation of policies and programs across schools.
- Respondents also shared their thoughts on school quality, and how, although some schools are improving, the general opinion of the quality of schools in the district is low.