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.
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.
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
Opportunities to take college courses while in high school vary widely across Michigan, but the credits earned aren’t always what students expect
Among Michigan millennials, Clinton may be the favorite, but with heavy sighs over politics as usual.
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.
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.
The state’s school choice policies are making many districts far more segregated. Here are the districts most impacted by school choice.
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.
A sobering report recommends a half billion dollars to improve college access. Lansing responds with a yawn
From financial incentives to colleges designed for dropouts, states are finding ways to help residents get their diplomas. Could these programs help Michigan
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
Michigan has the highest college dropout rates in the Midwest. See rates in your county
Obsolete state policies favor financial aid for young students over the older, part-time students who are increasingly filling college campuses.
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
A school run by former Detroit city councilwoman Sharon McPhail is fined after a Bridge investigation revealed she is unlicensed
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
Some school districts would receive tens of millions in additional funding, while many others are already overfunded
The report was supposed to be a big win for education reformers. But holes in the study may undermine efforts to increase school spending