Snapshot of Education 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 hyper-segregated neighborhoods. The Black neighborhoods were then starved of resources such as jobs, public transportation, decent housing, and money for schools and their buildings. The following snapshots of the issues examine the narrative around schooling by putting current education issues into an historical perspective using a lens that avoids blame based on race, and that acknowledges how policies of the past have helped precipitate current problems. Some of the articles are written by TDP staff and fellows; others are selected from local news sources.