Policy Documents

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

Michael Van Beek –
August 2, 2013

In this latest study from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the report asserts that 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.