Schools of Innovation

Michigan's Schools of Innovation

Berrien Springs Public Schools: Reinventing School — Becoming a District of Choices

In this latest installment of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's new "Schools of Innovation" series, we discuss how Berrien Springs school district is reinventing public school. This study examines how the district has become more racially diverse, enrollment is growing rapidly, and they are using that growth to inject some much needed balance to the school funds. All this has been due to the district’s expansion of digital learning options, becoming a “district of choices.” The effectiveness of virtual learning and the resulting increase in district enrollment have fueled the expansion of other school programs — a marked contrast to the many Michigan school districts that have struggled to maintain their offerings during the state's economic slump. ...more

Michigan's Schools of Innovation

Oxford Community Schools: The Great Recession — and the 'Greatest Gift'

In the first installment of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's new "Schools of Innovation" series, we begin with Oxford Community School's experiment with virtual learning; one which led to an eye-opening change in minds for administration, teachers and, most especially, students. ...more

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Michigan School District Opens School in China

Beyond the Classroom: Virtual Learning in Michigan's Schools