Hampden Hawker: Vague Request of the Day: Do you have issues?

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Vague Request of the Day: Do you have issues?

Not sure what this is about, but the request came through my inbox.

Here goes:

"The Hampden Community Council's Education Committee is asking that any Hampden resident who has or had issues with the Schools in Baltimore City, please send the info to:

Hampden Community Council
P.O. Box 19957
Baltimore, MD 21211
Att: Education Committee

You may stay anyomous."


At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the best! THE BEST!

I wonder when they're gonna get around to asking residents if they have stories about having issues with the Hampden Community Council?

At 12:09 AM, Blogger I am so wise said...

I am not a Hampden resident, but as a state taxpayer, I gotta admit to being tired of paying taxes and then having that money wasted producing another generation of idiot city children.

At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's be honest, you're just tired of paying taxes.

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand there is some meeting taking place with BCPSS soon. I'm guessing that they are trying to get additional feedback from the community before the meeting.

Let's face it, our schools have no money. They have had to cut some "non-essential(???)" programs, I guess the MSA's (tests) don't care about Physical Education, Art, or Music.

In addition, some of our school's children have been in some big trouble here in Hampden. IMHO, I think that if the Community Council can get some of the Powers that Be to actually listen, we should be bombarding them with our "issues" about the local schools.

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dispose of (sell off) the Robert Poole complex. It's grossly underutilized and the building & grounds are not being maintained at all. Sell it to someone who can restore the old school building and put the surrounding land to higher and better use. Use the proceeds to build a new, lower maintenance school building elsewhere.

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Bobby Poole said...

The problem that many in the community have with the Robert Poole Complex is that servicing a number of kids from the city with some good results in some cases, it doesn't serve many Hampden kids (because let's be honest here, Hampden has one of the most embarrassingly high drop out rates in the city).

There are several schools functioning within the Robert Poole complex. Many community members don't like it because it brings "outsiders" into the community - which is code for minorities.

Last year there was even a race riot down by the schools (which have since suffered regular vandalism and racist graffiti from community members) involving a group of school kids and a group of neighborhood "adults."

But here's the thing - when you start talking about dismantling public education and start relying on private schools and charter schools to educate - the model of schools existing in neighborhoods to service residents in those neighborhoods also goes out the widow.

At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you missed my point, because I agree with you. I'm saying that there's so much land in the Robert Poole complex plus the building itself that the city could probably build 2 or 3 smaller neighborhood schools with the proceeds from dumping RP.

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Bobby Poole said...

And I'm saying there are already a cluster of schools in there utilizing the facility for city kids.

Why should/would they be booted out to build a neighborhood school when the neighborhood's dropout rate shows Hampden doesn't warrant one?

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you ever stop to think that part of the drop out rate may have to do with kids not wanting to take 2 or 3 busses to get to school (thats a fair amount of extra time)?and why should our "community" school only take people from outside Hampden (kinda discriminatory if you ask me)

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Bobby Poole said...


The reason why the higher levels were closed in Hampden is because Hamdpen students weren't going to school. There simply weren't enough Hampden students going to school to warrant the expense of keeping the school open.

And in fact, several of the schools in the Robert Poole complex have slots reserved for Hampden students that go unclaimed every semester.

The real problem that needs to be addressed is the dropout rate.

It's shameful.

And also, I think maybe you don't know what the word "discriminatory" means.

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the problem is the HCC
watches too much FOX News?

At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice jabs at the hcc. In case you haven't opened a newsletter in a while or attended a meeting, there is a completely new board. Oh, and its comprised of all VOLUNTEERS striving to make your neighborhood a better place. Maybe if you quit whining and got involved a little bit you'd realize that. And if you do have a legitimate complaint feel free to send a letter to the same address listed above, Attn: complaints.

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


"nice jabs at the hcc."

"Maybe if you quit whining and got involved a little bit you'd realize that."

"And if you do have a legitimate complaint..."

Well, if you are, in any way a representative of the HCC, I have to say your defensive and hostile tone sounds pretty much like the same old HCC.

1. It wasn't a jab. It was a joke based on education-related typos.

2. Nice dismissal of complaints as "whining." I find that offensive.

3. Do you know the people commenting here? How do you know they aren't involved with the community?

4. And what do you mean "legitimate complaint?" Who decides which complaints are legitimate and which complaints are not? You? The HCC Board?

We have an interesting conversation here, why should we send anything to that "news" letter? Are you just trolling for content?


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