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.

Articles

Can a charitable foundation save a school district? We’re about to find out

May 11, 2017 | Ron French

In Battle Creek, where school choice policies are blamed for helping to segregate schools and gut district programs, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation steps in to try to turn things around.

As deadline nears: How to choose the college that’s right for you

April 25, 2017 | Ron French

May 1 is the traditional deadline for saying yes or no to college admission offers. Don’t flip a coin. Read these tips.

How to improve SAT scores without going broke

April 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Examining free college prep exam courses, which some say work just as well as those that cost thousands.

Michigan shuts down bad schools. Leading states build them up.

February 21, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan’s law that calls for the annual closure of the state’s worst schools is unique in the nation.

For poor and first-generation college students, ‘I think I can’ is half the battle

February 16, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Amid a graduation gap, Michigan colleges are making a greater effort to help low-income, first generation and other at-risk students earn their college degree.

Bridge Magazine's 2017 Academic State Champs

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge is rating Michigan high schools by how well they prepare students for college or career training after they graduate.

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February 14, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Academic State Champs 2017: Find your school

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

See how your school performed in the 2017 Academic State Champs analysis.

6 reasons why students at some high schools are better prepared for college or career

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

The first reason, family income, is something schools can’t control. But other factors, like having counselors to help students navigate the maze of higher education, can produce real dividends.  

Get your FREE Academic State Champs bumper sticker

February 14, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Get your free Academic State Champs bumper sticker to celebrate your school.

Timeline of MSU sexual misconduct investigation

January 19, 2017 | Laura Berman

From the spring of 2014 through this past fall, a winding investigation into an unwanted touch contained several surprises.

Betsy DeVos’s Michigan legacy

December 6, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The nominee for U.S. Education Secretary has used money and muscle to make Michigan a free-market lab for charter and school choice expansion. Can she sell the results?

In state with low reading scores, a West Michigan effort shows promise

December 1, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Many of today’s kindergarteners may eventually have to repeat third grade if their reading skills fall short. In West Michigan, 100 school districts have joined forces to boost early reading. The goal: to pass every student to fourth grade.

Betsy DeVos and the segregation of school choice

November 29, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Donald Trump’s selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary has focused attention on Michigan’s generous choice policy. In September, Bridge Magazine revealed one troubling side-effect: segregation

Dual enrollment growing in popularity and frustration

November 17, 2016 | Ron French

Opportunities to take college courses while in high school vary widely across Michigan, but the credits earned aren’t always what students expect

Young voters feel they’re ‘screwed either way’

October 6, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Among Michigan millennials, Clinton may be the favorite, but with heavy sighs over politics as usual.

How more affluent families get welfare for pricey private colleges

October 4, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Thousands of middle- to upper-income students use federal welfare funds to attend expensive private schools. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of impoverished families in Michigan receive cash assistance.

School choice producing segregation in districts across the state

September 20, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 300,000 public school students take advantage of the state’s popular school choice program. Whether by chance or design, districts are becoming less diverse.

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