by Audrey Spalding
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
December 19, 2013
Policy Brief
There is no question that Highland Park was a struggling district. Financial mismanagement, alleged theft and a failure to maintain facilities all contributed to a school environment that was not conducive to learning. And neighborhood parents voted with their feet, leaving the district in droves and exacerbating the district’s fiscal problems. Fortunately, all of these issues are being addressed by the district’s conversion to a system of charter schools.



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