Charter Schools

Ruling returns charter schools lawsuit against Baltimore to circuit court

Ruling returns charter schools lawsuit against Baltimore to circuit court

A ruling by the Maryland court of appeals has breathed new life into a lawsuit filed by a group of Baltimore charter school operators who have long alleged that the district's funding formula for charters violates state law.

The schools had argued in a 2015 lawsuit that the district failed to meet its contractual obligations to charter schools and was not transparent or consistent in how it allocates funding for these schools. On Monday, the court of appeals sent the lawsuit back to the circuit court, following a stay, and ordered both parties to go through the discovery process.

Maryland law requires independently-run public schools to receive cash from the...

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