The following Q&A was with Bobbi MacDonald, who spoke on behalf of the litigants involved in the charter lawsuit. Those schools include Brehms Lane Elementary School, Patterson Park Public Charter School, City Neighbors Charter School, City Neighbors Hamilton, City Neighbors High School, Southwest Public Charter School, The Green School of Baltimore, Tunbridge Public Charter School, KIPP Ujima Village, KIPP Harmony Academy, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter Middle School, Empowerment Academy, and Creative City Charter School.
City Paper: Many in the community have spoken out that the kind of formula charter operators are pushing for would bankrupt the district and harm other students. Currently, the state is commissioning a study to determine what an appropriate figure would be, which will be due by the end of October 2016. Given the ongoing study, what motivates you to pursue litigation before it's finished?