Feeling pressure from the courts, the state appointed the Thornton Commission, which rewrote the funding formula and recommended a steep increase in state aid to schools across the state. In 2002, the legislature passed the new Thornton formula providing $1.3 billion more annually in education funding to schools across Maryland. But that formula, the ACLU argues, was subsequently changed by the legislature so that the funding did not increase each year to cover inflation. If it had continued to increase, the city would now be getting $290 million more a year, according to a 2015 evaluation by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services. “This means that … Baltimore City schools are well behind where they were when the Bradford court last assessed the inadequacy of state educational funding,” the letter said.