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May Newsletter

New Blog Series: Baltimore City Student, Teacher and Principal Perspectives on the 2020-2021 School Year

At the onset of the pandemic, the Fund asked Baltimore City Public Schools students, teachers, and principals to share their experience of the shift to remote learning. None of us could have imagined that a year later we would still be navigating the pandemic. With Baltimore City Public Schools now re-opened, the Fund sought those same students and educators for their perspective on the 2020-2021 school year. Find their articles with ideas, perspectives and lessons learned, below.

Student Perspective:

Teacher Perspectives:

Principal Perspective:

  • Dr. Katrina Foster, Hampden Elementary/Middle School. Read her post.

The Fund’s Forthcoming Report Examines the Impact of Transportation on City Schools Students’ Education

The Fund for Educational Excellence is excited to announce that we will release our next report, exploring the impact of transportation on Baltimore City Public School students’ learning experiences, next month!

Through interviews with 274 current high school students and analysis of transportation policy and practice, the report examines how students get to school, how safe they feel on their commute, and how transportation access affects attendance, school choice, employment, and extracurricular participation. The Fund’s analysis culminates with a set of findings about student transportation in Baltimore City with recommendations for improvements.

Be on the lookout for the full announcement, with an in-depth explanation of our findings and themes, in early June!

Of Note:

Additional insights, updates and resources:

  • What better way to commemorate our amazing City Schools principals and close out the school year than with a heartfelt message! Share Some Love for a City Schools principal here.
  • Reconnect, Restore, Reimagine are the guiding goals to reopen City Schools for the 2021-2022 school year. To find out more information and share your input click here.
  • Questions about the P-EBT card? Maryland SNAP-Ed Program shared updated information and answered public questions about P-EBT in a live stream earlier this month with special guest Ayesha Holmes from Maryland No Kid Hungry. Watch the full video here.
  • City Schools families: Share your feedback of what’s going well and what needs improvement at your school and the district in the annual family survey through May 28. Find the survey here.

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The Fund’s latest reportNOT IN SERVICE, examines how students experience public transportation in Baltimore and the implications that experience has for their education, employment and other opportunities.