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

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.

Top 10 Michigan school districts impacted by school choice

September 20, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

The state’s school choice policies are making many districts far more segregated. Here are the districts most impacted by school choice.

Is college still worth the cost? Usually

September 15, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

In spite of rising tuition and loan debt, experts say a college degree still looks like a wise financial investment for most Michigan students, if they choose wisely.

Little action in Lansing to increase college degrees

September 15, 2016 | Ron French

A sobering report recommends a half billion dollars to improve college access. Lansing responds with a yawn

How other states are getting college dropouts to drop back in

September 15, 2016 | Ron French

From financial incentives to colleges designed for dropouts, states are finding ways to help residents get their diplomas. Could these programs help Michigan

Michigan’s college dropout dilemma

September 8, 2016 | Ron French

Thousands of adults are just a few classes away from a degree. So why isn’t Michigan, so hungry for skilled workers, doing more to help them finish

MAP: College dropout rates by county

September 8, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Michigan has the highest college dropout rates in the Midwest. See rates in your county

Over 28? You’ll get no student aid from Michigan

September 8, 2016 | Ron French

Obsolete state policies favor financial aid for young students over the older, part-time students who are increasingly filling college campuses.

Study rips state for higher tuition, lack of support for higher ed

September 6, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

In a report released today, a public policy group says the legislature is underfunding its public universities at a critical time in a transforming economy

Detroit charter school profiled by Bridge fined $144,000 by state

August 4, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A school run by former Detroit city councilwoman Sharon McPhail is fined after a Bridge investigation revealed she is unlicensed

State education proposal would add $1.4 billion to school budget

July 12, 2016 | Ron French

Tripping over its own good intentions, a long-awaited study calculating the cost of a good education may be undone by its high price, timid promises and puzzling methodology

Bridge database: How your school district gains (or doesn't) under funding proposal

July 12, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Some school districts would receive tens of millions in additional funding, while many others are already overfunded

The 3 biggest head-scratchers in Michigan education cost study

July 12, 2016 | Ron French

The report was supposed to be a big win for education reformers. But holes in the study may undermine efforts to increase school spending

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