Talent & Education

To prosper, Michigan must be a more educated place. Bridge will explore the challenges in education and identify policies and initiatives that address them.


Why Michigan needs newcomers. Told in 5 data maps.

November 30, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Michigan’s economy would improve if more adults had diplomas. Why our future may depend on immigrants and other transplants.

Michigan is shortening school assessment tests – by reducing writing

November 9, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Many say students spend too much time taking state tests. But some question whether dropping math and critical thinking questions sends the right message.

Michigan high school counselors to get training in college and career advice

November 8, 2017 | Ron French

A bill expected to be signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder is a small step toward improved access to college ‒ if schools’ understaffed counselors can find time to pass on career advice.

U-M asks, ‘Where are the poor kids?’

September 21, 2017 | Ron French

It may be a world-renowned university, but the University of Michigan has yet to figure out how to get more low-income students to enroll. The solution may come down to a one-word  marketing tweak: Free

Text messages and rap videos. How the state is telling poor students they too can afford college.

September 21, 2017 | Ron French

It sounds like a mix between Big Brother and Helicopter Mom, but a three-year-old state program that helps guide first-generation college students and their families through the maze of financial aid may help Michigan increase low-income college enrollment.

In Michigan, path to elite colleges flows through richer high schools (interactive map)

September 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Which schools produce the most Spartans, Wolverines and Ivy Leaguers? Map showing where high schoolers attend college contains some surprises.

Database: Where do students from YOUR Michigan school attend college?

September 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Interactive database allows users to examine, compare where last year’s graduating class is attending college.

Michigan college students are binging on booze. Time for more kegs?

September 7, 2017 | Ron French

When Michigan turned off the tap at underage parties, binge drinking became more dangerous. Some say it’s time to go back to kegs.

Staying safe on football game day in Michigan (SLIDESHOW)

September 7, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Drinking and football are often synonymous. But they don’t have to be dangerous. Use these 10 tips to avoid big trouble.

See how your school’s test scores compare (interactive map)

September 5, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map to compare SAT scores with neighboring schools in your county and the state.

Nikolai Vitti loves a challenge. He has one at Detroit Public Schools.

September 5, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit’s new superintendent sits for a Q&A about school closures, test scores, lead in drinking fountains and early conflict-of-interest questions.

University of Michigan won't 'do work of police' to track DACA students

August 31, 2017 | Ron French

U-M President Mark Schlissel says students should be able to pursue education 'without outside worries.' He sat down with Bridge to answer five questions this week.

Want a better SAT score in Michigan? Book your hotel now.

August 22, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan’s money-saving switch from the ACT college prep test is causing serious anxiety because aren’t enough sites for students to retake the test.

Michigan failing its special needs children, parents and studies say.

August 10, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Federal officials say Michigan isn’t properly educating students with disabilities. Parents blame cost cutting.

Fewer college students want to be teachers, and why it matters (searchable database)

August 3, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Enrollment in teacher-prep programs is falling nationwide, and by more than 50 percent in Michigan colleges and universities. Why the classroom is losing its appeal.

Lessons learned: Big money alone can’t fix public schools

July 27, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Some of Michigan’s top foundations invested millions of dollars to improve Detroit education. The group they formed has closed quietly, falling well short of its goals.

Retraction: A Bridge story on a student accepted at Harvard turns out to be a hoax

June 30, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Bridge recently published the inspirational story of a low-income Detroit student who overcame steep odds to win acceptance to Harvard. It turns out, Bridge discovered, the acceptance letter was fabricated.

Which comes first? Tourism dollars or students?

June 20, 2017 | Alexandra Schmidt

Tourism officials are fighting to keep summer break through Labor Day to boost a critical Michigan industry. But school officials are fighting back, and this year they may win.

Who’s certified to run Michigan’s schools? Nobody knows

June 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A state effort is underway to track school superintendents, principals.