Overview

Understanding the issues

The issues impacting public schools are complex and inextricably linked to other systemic issues. There is a tendency for politicians and others to blame Baltimore and the district for all its challenges. The reality is that there has been a history of government-endorsed, racist and deliberate policy that has led to creating segregation, and then starving these same Black neighborhoods of resources such as jobs, public transportation, decent housing, and money for schools and their buildings.  The following snapshots of the issues are designed to put current education issues into an historical perspective using a lens that avoids blame based on race and acknowledges how policies of the past have helped precipitate current problems.

Each issue represented here is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of available research.  They are intended to give teachers, parents, and community members easy access to answers to common questions and concerns--answers that challenge the normal narrative around what is wrong with our schools.