On September 10th, 2015, ABI (along with many other public charter school operators in Baltimore City), filed a lawsuit in Baltimore City Circuit Court against our authorizer, Baltimore City Public School System. The lawsuit asks the court system to require the school system to follow the Maryland charter school law when funding our schools.
It is our goal here to post and archive the steps in this process to keep our families and community educated about the process and progress of the lawsuit. We also post regularly on the ABI Facebook page.
For questions or concerns, please contact ABI Executive Director Mr. Will McKenna.
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• February 25th, 2016 letter to our school communities regarding City Schools' counter-suit and charter school funding.
• On February 23rd, 2016, BCPSS files counterclaims against some public charter schools.
• On February 23rd, 2016, the Maryland State Board of Education rejected the Baltimore City Public School System's request for a ruling on its funding formula, saying the school system failed to present any facts, “The petition filed here presents no concrete facts from which we could declare the law.” The full petition is available to view below.
• On January 9th, 2016, Baltimore City Circuit Court judge rules against City Schools' motion to dismiss charter lawsuits.
• October 21st, 2015 letter to our school communities regarding the latest development in the litigation.
• On October 20th, 2015, former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke exits talks with school system and charter schools, as he determined that talks were "no longer a productive process".
• On October 7th, 2015, the Baltimore City Council's Education and Youth Committee held a hearing on Equitable Funding for City Public Charter Schools. The hearing can be viewed in full below.
• On October 6th, 2015, three more charter schools joined the lawsuit, bringing the total to 14.
• More than 500 public charter school supporters from around Baltimore City gathered on September 26th, 2015 at Lake Montebello for a #SaveTheChartersBmore rally.
• City Schools scraps the controversial proposed funding formula for public charter schools on September 22nd, 2015, as University of Baltimore president and former mayor Kurt L. Schmoke agrees to help mediate.
• On September 10th, 2015, Afya Baltimore Inc. joins many other operators from around the city in a lawsuit against the Baltimore City Public School System, alleging that the district's funding formula for charter schools violates state law and threatens their ability to serve thousands of students.
• September 10th, 2015 letter to families announcing the lawsuit filed against Baltimore City Public Schools by ABI and many other public charter school operators around the city.
• On September 8th, 2015, the school board presented a new funding formula for public charter schools, the latest step in an effort to resolve a longstanding dispute over the state's charter law.
• June 9th, 2015 brought the approval from the school board for ABI to convert Belair-Edison neighborhood school Brehms Lane Elementary School to a public charter school operated by ABI. It was the only application out of five to get approval.
• Tunbridge Public Charter School is granted a full five-year renewal from Baltimore City Public School System in the fall of 2014. The renewal document is available for your review.
• Afya Public Charter School is granted a full five-year renewal from Baltimore City Public School System in the fall of 2012. The renewal document is available for your review.
• Tunbridge Public Charter School opened its doors in August 2010 in the Govans neighborhood.
• Afya Public Charter School opened its doors in August 2008 in the Belair-Edison neighborhood.