With this in mind, it is of great concern that the current Baltimore City Public Schools administration is denying funds to children who are thriving in the public school system, directly risking proven student outcomes in our charter schools. With charter enrollment on the rise while traditional school enrollment declines, I question why our school board and district leaders would want to put these schools in a position that may force them close. Charters succeed because their funding model allows the schools to be flexible and responsive to the community each serves, as well as to support alternative educational programming. Importantly, the charter model is gaining ground among leaders of education reform because it is increasing success rates in all student populations including low-income students. Without adequate funding, charter schools struggle to survive, and parents suffer from lack of choice for their children. A recent Baltimore Sun article quoted the executive director of KIPP charter school saying this year's budget cuts will result in over a dozen staff layoffs, including teachers of critical subjects. These layoffs and sacrifices at charters are alarming, as I truly believe that without the option of Patterson Park Public Charter School and other charter schools, the city's educational options are limited, and my family, like so many others that move to the county, could be forced to sever our ties with the city we love.