Education Policy Expert Cited by MLive

A district or school closing is 'for the greater good'

Education Policy Director Michael Van Beek told The Jackson Citizen Patriot that it’s “for the greater good” when a school districts shuts down or a district closes a building.

“Our ultimate goal should not be keeping what we have now,” Van Beek said. “Our ultimate goal should be having parents sending their children to districts where they feel they’re getting them the best education.”

Michigan Education Digest recently reported that Albion is considering closing its high school in order to fix a $1.1 million overspending crisis. The district has also seen enrollment drop.

“It’s a clear signal the district needs to change,” Van Beek said, pointing out that other nearby districts are meeting the needs of students who would normally be assigned to APS.

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