03/29/2012 09:21 am ET

Students Worry In Highland Park Crisis

By Shawn D. Lewis, Detroit News

Kiara Smith's dreams stretch beyond the burned-out buildings and trash-strewn fields near her Highland Park school. The 12-year-old, a seventh-grader at Barber School, focuses on becoming a forensic scientist, even as adults make accusations and place blame for a financial crunch that has put her school district's continued existence in doubt.

Crisis and uncertainty have become the norm in the Highland Park Public Schools.

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