Highland Park school district goes charter

Another Michigan public school district has chosen to sell its schools to the lowest charter company bidder. Highland Park school district will become the second charter school district, following the lead of Muskegon Heights schools.

According to Joyce Parker, Highland Park schools Emergency Manager, turning the school district over to a charter school management company is the only way to allow students to attend school in the fall. Facing an $11.3 million deficit, the Governor declared a financial emergency in January.

As in Muskegon Heights, the current district will exist only in a financial sense to pay off the debt. The new charter school management company will use state funding to provide educational programs for students.

Bids will be going out this week with plans to have a management company in place by mid-July.