HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — No parents choose to send their child to a school where mice scamper through classrooms, garbage fills the hallways, and the school pool and bathroom tissue is rationed and handed out only from the main office.
Yet for years that's what students in the former Highland Park School District were forced to endure every day. Parents and teachers complained, but nothing happened. It wasn't for lack of money. The public school district spent nearly $20,000 per student—the highest in the state.
Things got so bad that the state appointed an emergency manager and eventually the school district was turned over to The Leona Group, a charter management company. Teachers unions complained. So did some parents and community activists, whose reaction was to protest because the status quo was being disrupted.
Gloria Liveoak was one of those people who complained. She actively lobbied against the Leona Group, and like many former Detroit Public Schools...
AURORA, Ill. — Illinois schools are like addicts desperate for a change.
Local taxpayers, through local property taxes, pay $12 billion of the $20 billion it costs to educate kids in the state each year. State government chips in about $6 billion and the federal government kicks in another $2 billion.
But each year, public schools complain they do not have enough money.
Instead of rehashing the annual fight over how much to spend on public schools, some lawmakers want to change how the state...
The Goldwater Institute has appealed a court ruling that would let the federal government regulate a Louisiana scholarship program that allows low-income students to attend private schools if their local public schools are failing.
“The Justice Department continues to threaten educational opportunities for children who need them desperately,” Clint Bolick, the institute’s vice president, said in a statement. The nonprofit organization often litigates...