About one of every six public school students in Baltimore attends a charter school, but tensions between the charters and the school district are high. The ongoing dispute over what share of public school money should go to charters led five operators of charters to file suit against city schools three weeks ago. This week Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake asked former Mayor Kurt Schmoke to facilitate discussions between the two sides and schools CEO Gregory Thornton withdrew his latest funding plan for charters.
Bobbi MacDonald, Executive Director of City Neighbors Foundation joins Sheilah to talk about the concerns of charter schools. City Neighbors Foundation operates three independent charter schools in Northeast Baltimore and is one of the five Charter School operators filing a lawsuit against the school system.