Struggles of New East Baltimore School Show Challenges of Integration
On the day that the Henderson-Hopkins school opened its doors to let children in, Crystal Jordan marveled at its light-filled rooms, curving stairs and interior play areas.
She couldn’t believe her family’s good fortune. In a city with so many struggling schools, her fifth-grade daughter was entering a new public school backed by some of the city’s most powerful institutions, and driven by a vision in which students of all socioeconomic backgrounds would learn together, and be held to high standards.
“I thought it was an amazing opportunity for so many of our kids,” Jordan said.
Three years later, the dream is yet to be realized. And the school has just begun a rebuild — of both its physical space and its learning environment.