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

Residents bullish on job training, and want employers to carry load

September 17, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Residents say additional training, apprenticeship and internship programs will give young and older workers a boost.

Michigan wants Lansing, schools to lead on college affordability

September 15, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan residents believe strongly that students need a college degree or job training after high school to succeed. Yet the high cost of college has many questioning whether the loan debt is worth it.

Residents like these programs to reduce college costs

September 15, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan residents are intrigued by initiatives to earn free college credit and shave debt burden.

Legislative preview: Lansing tackles teaching, roads and inmates

September 10, 2015 | Ron French

It’s back to work for Michigan’s Legislature. A Bridge guide to the biggest issues lawmakers are likely to face this fall

School of choice, or a revolving door?

July 28, 2015 | Ron French

A Michigan policy allowing families to pick a school outside their home district for their kids to attend is wildly popular. But a first-of-its-kind study raises questions about who it helps – and who it might be hurting.

Worried about Michigan’s switch to the SAT? Six reasons to calm down

July 16, 2015 | Ron French

Free, online prep and fee waivers should help relieve anxiety over Michigan’s new college admission test

How one West Michigan school district is closing reading gaps for poor, Hispanic students

June 30, 2015 | Pat Shellenbarger

Through focused early literacy efforts, the West Ottawa School District is taking children with little to no English-language skills and preparing them to compete with white, more affluent peers.

Rich school, poor school, and the challenges that separate them

June 30, 2015 | Pat Shellenbarger

Waukazoo Elementary draws students from affluent lake homes. Pine Creek kids come from Holland’s poorest neighborhoods. In ways large and small, Waukazoo kids benefit from their families’ extra income.

Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program ‘significantly’ increases college grad rates, study finds

June 25, 2015 | Julie Mack

Ten years after the launch of the nationally lauded program, researchers can say for the first time that the money was well spent, with many more Kalamazoo students earning college degrees than would have without the scholarship.

Does Kalamazoo Promise success build case for more state scholarship funding?

June 25, 2015 | Ron French

Make college cheap enough, and more people graduate. Who knew?

Study offers financial, policy road map for Michigan education reform

June 25, 2015 | Ron French

A blunt new report lists ways to fix Michigan schools. Will anyone listen?

One Dearborn school soars. Another stumbles. Why?

June 23, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

A test result is a snapshot, and in Dearborn, one elementary school came out with a surprisingly better portrait than another in the critical milestone of third-grade reading. Why? Nobody seems to know.

Grand Rapids cites the limits of state rankings to explain school gaps

June 23, 2015 | Ron French

Why do some low-income elementary schools in Grand Rapids perform better than others? Educators in Grand Rapids say that ranking formulas often do not reflect critical differences between seemingly similar schools.

One teacher, 25 kids and the enormous challenge of turning around Detroit schools (Chapter 1)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The state is in the midst of yet another fix for Detroit’s troubled schools. So this spring, Bridge spent time in William Weir’s social studies classroom to get a sense for what works, and what doesn’t, for one Detroit teacher.

One teacher, 25 kids: For struggling students, a push to 'dream bigger' (Chapter 2)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

For third- and fourth-graders with limited reading skills, a teacher must take creative measures to make lessons stick.

One teacher, 25 kids: ‘Can I sleep at night?’ (Chapter 3)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Budget deficits in Detroit mean even larger class sizes come this fall. Will Mr. Weir meet the challenge for his young students?

How state’s new early childhood funding will help boost student learning

June 11, 2015 | Ron French

More than $30 million has been allocated for early reading initiatives in the 2016 state education budget. Many of the initiatives, intended to boost Michigan’s third-grade reading rates, followed Bridge reporting on the benefits of early investment in vulnerable children.

In paychecks, Michigan women have a long way to go, baby

June 9, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Women in full-time jobs earn on average three-fourths the pay as men in Michigan, a wider margin than most of the nation. While critics question the scale of the gap, policymakers debate ways to close it.

Hispanic women struggle with just over half the pay of men

June 9, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Hispanic women in Michigan earn barely half the income of non-Hispanic white males.

How a single, powerful senator killed serious reform of teacher evaluation

June 4, 2015 | Ron French

A bill to set rigorous statewide standards for evaluating teachers was backed by Republicans and Democrats, as well as the governor. Standing in their way: state Sen. Phil Pavlov, who has his own ideas about what's best for teachers.

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