The Strayer School Survey, commissioned by the city in 1921, was an important planning document that led to significant improvements in the Baltimore's schools. Public shock produced by the Strayer Survey led to three large loans, totaling 32 million dollars, for school construction in the 1930s. As a result of this funding, fifteen new schools were built and increases were seen in teacher salaries and schools' operating budgets.
Included below is an online version of the Strayer Report, which has been digitized by the Google Book project. See for yourself the kinds of detailed information this survey provided about the physical conditions at the city's public schools.