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Ensuring Equity in Charter Schools
By Richard D. Kahlenberg
Not long after Maryland passed its comprehensive charter school law in 2003, parent and educator Bobbi Macdonald began holding monthly meetings in her northeast Baltimore home. She and others tackled the question, If we could have the best school we can imagine, what would it be? Their answer was City Neighbors Charter School, a Baltimore K-8 school founded by 17 families in 2005.
Chartering gave City Neighbors' founders the flexibility to do things that are fairly unusual among charter schools.