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.
Top elementary, middle and high schools in state, by region and income level.
Here are all 2014 Academic State Champs districts, recognized for scores in the top 5 percent of their category. Some districts won for overall excellence; some for the performance of its schools at the elementary, middle or high school level
See where YOUR school ranks: 2014 rankings and Top 10 lists of school districts across the state. Come back next Tuesday for Bridge’s first-ever rankings of individual schools.
Bridge proudly recognizes the most overachieving districts in the state in 2014. Next Tuesday: Bridge releases its first-ever state rankings for individual schools.
21,000 more four-year-olds are benefitting from free, high-quality preschool in in just two years thanks to extra state funding
Tripling preschool slots, and still a waiting list in Vicksburg
Detroit will improve its chronically low-performing schools when the system focuses more on proven, consistent academic reforms and less on changes to its power structure.
Everybody else gets to sleep in, but the person who decides whether to cancel school has to be up at 4 a.m., having a conference call. It’s a chilling duty, and thankless.
Fewer than 1-in-3 aspiring teachers are passing a new certification exam that tests math, reading and writing skills. Proponents of the test say its raises the bar for the profession; but teaching colleges call the test confusing.
Michigan's K-12 vocational education system will never become the powerful job engine that Gov. Snyder demands without a fix to inequitable funding across the state.
Darnell Earley has been the Flint EM since 2013. Sources tell Bridge that Gov. Rick Snyder will soon appoint Early to replace Jack Martin to head Detroit’s troubled public schools.
Traverse City optometrist Steven Ingersoll’s federal trial is the largest ever related to a Michigan charter school, and has renewed calls for more financial accountability in Michigan’s mostly for-profit charter school industry.
Michigan’s decision to switch from the ACT to the SAT college assessment next year caught schools, administrators and high school students by surprise. But there’s no need to panic. Just follow this advice.
Michigan’s most vulnerable students are bearing the brunt of college cost hikes. That’s bad for them ‒ and the state.
The net cost for students at Michigan’s public universities can be less than half of sticker price, depending on family income. Use Bridge’s college calculator to determine how much you would pay at the state’s 15 public universities.