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

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.

Help remains elusive for homeless Michigan college students

April 26, 2016 | Ron French

Michigan’s patchwork system of support misses the state’s most vulnerable young people

Study: Schools of choice don't improve test scores

April 7, 2016 | Ron French

Almost 100,000 students enroll in public schools outside their neighborhood school districts through Michigan’s popular school-of-choice policy. On average, they are learning no more than if they’d stayed in their neighborhood school, a study finds

How many Michigan third-graders should flunk?

March 31, 2016 | Ron French

Legislators agree that struggling young readers need more help. But what should we do with kids who still can’t read

A Bridge Q-and-A with Detroit’s Big 3 education chiefs

March 31, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

It’s a high-powered trio presiding over huge changes for Detroit’s public school system. Judge Steven Rhodes, interim Supt. Alycia Meriweather and EAA chief Veronica Conforme reveal their priorities in the push to finally fix city schools

Detroit’s school crisis is a century in the making

February 25, 2016 | Dr. Joyce Baugh

The lawmakers charged with repairing the damage to the city’s schools should know it has roots that go back to the 19th century – even before the Civil War

Academic State Champs: How to make sense of your school’s M-STEP scores

February 11, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Last year, Michigan replaced its longstanding MEAP standardized test with a new assessment aligned with the Common Core. Bridge’s Academic State Champs analysis allows you to compare your school with peer schools across the state.

Meet the 2015 high school Academic State Champs

February 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine recognizes 44 high schools across the state earning top marks for preparing students for college or career succes

Interactive database: See how YOUR high school stacks up

February 9, 2016 | Bridge Staff

See the Academic State Champs score – and key test scores and demographics – for your local high school. Use our tool to see how your high school stacks up against other schools in your area and across the state.

The 44 State Champs

February 9, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Here are the high schools across Michigan that best exceeded expectations in 2015

Two candidates emerge to run Detroit schools after EM’s exit

February 3, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Some are questioning whether either Tonya Allen or Charlie Beckham have the education experience necessary to lead the struggling district.

Settled into U-M’s top job, Mark Schlissel strategizes its future

February 2, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

After 18 months on the job, U-M’s 14th president is seeking ways to make Michigan’s elite institution more diverse, welcoming and valuable to the state

U-M President defends Harbaugh’s football recruiting ethics

January 29, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

A disappointed high-school football player was counting on being a Michigan Wolverine in the fall. But U-M’s president says recruits should not consider themselves accepted until they are actually admitted.

Low-income students soar at some colleges, struggle at others

January 26, 2016 | Ron French

Climbing the economic ladder is made easier at some Michigan four-year campuses than others

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