The long road back

Scott Taylor needed to do something. A crisis was unfolding in the Highland Park schools, setting off alarms in the district office just 10 weeks into the new school year. Three times as many students failed at least one class at Highland Park Middle School than during the 2019-20 first marking period. Failing grades more than doubled at the high school. Even many of the district’s reliable students were struggling after an all-remote start in September, said Taylor, the Highland Park superintendent. Worried that the situation would only escalate as kids fell further behind, Taylor decided to …

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