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.

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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

Asleep at the desk: How school begins for many Michigan teens

May 31, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

It may be the the simplest way to improve academic achievement. But starting school later in the morning is a surprisingly tough sell

What happened when one Minnesota school district let high schoolers sleep in

May 31, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

An hour delay paid off in achievement and attendance. So why aren’t more schools following that lead

Building a better school board

May 19, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Districts across Michigan struggle to field candidates for school boards. The job can be time consuming, nerve wracking, and is often unpaid. Would proper training for new board members help?

How school districts sell funding projects across Michigan

April 28, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

On Tuesday, residents in more than two dozen districts will vote on whether to pay for construction, technology or other projects. If history holds, half will fail. Here’s what successful Michigan districts do right.

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