When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed closing the only high school in Benton Harbor, the backlash reverberated far beyond the city limits. Many observers wondered whether Whitmer was returning to the same pattern of strong state interventions in schools that was deeply controversial in Detroit, Highland Park, Pontiac, and elsewhere.
But now Whitmer is negotiating with the Benton Harbor school board, and observers say it’s not clear what will happen next. In any case, Whitmer’s next move could have serious implications for struggling districts across the state.
That story is here.
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