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Judge rules against city schools motion to dismiss charter lawsuits

Judge rules against city schools motion to dismiss charter lawsuits

Efforts by the Baltimore city school system to dismiss lawsuits filed by more than a dozen charter schools failed Friday after a Baltimore circuit court judge ruled against several measures to settle the cases out of court.

The ruling by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Julie Rubin also squelches the district's efforts to have the lawsuits settled by the state department of education rather than in court. The lawsuits were filed last fall and allege the district fails to fund charter schools in accordance with state law.

Charter school operators lauded the judge's decision that came after more than two hours of arguments, a 45-minute recess, and a lengthy explanation. They...

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