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 10 School Districts

February 1, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Did YOUR school make it in the Top 10? Click here to find out!

Listing of all State Champs districts

February 1, 2015 | Bridge Staff

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

Compare Michigan's school districts

February 1, 2015 | Bridge Staff

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.

Michigan's overachieving school districts are State Champs

February 1, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge proudly recognizes the most overachieving districts in the state in 2014. Next Tuesday: Bridge releases its first-ever state rankings for individual schools.

A Great Start to preschool expansion

January 27, 2015 | Ron French

21,000 more four-year-olds are benefitting from free, high-quality preschool in in just two years thanks to extra state funding

How one Michigan community is benefiting from preschool expansion

January 27, 2015 | Ron French

Tripling preschool slots, and still a waiting list in Vicksburg

Why Detroit’s new school leadership won’t much matter

January 22, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

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.

Love him or hate him, here’s how one school superintendent calls snow days

January 22, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

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.

Michigan’s future teachers flunking test of ‘basic’ content

January 20, 2015 | Ron French

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.

Destroying Michigan’s career tech system to save it

January 13, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

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.

Kicking butt and taking jobs

January 13, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

How one student from Paw Paw found success in the IT marketplace

Sources: Flint’s outgoing EM to head Detroit Public Schools

January 12, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

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.

Upcoming fraud trial for school operator hangs over charter school industry

January 8, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

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.

What Michigan’s switch to the SAT means for high school students

January 8, 2015 | Patrick O'Connor

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.

Low-income students seeing huge cost hikes at some Michigan universities

January 6, 2015 | Ron French

Michigan’s most vulnerable students are bearing the brunt of college cost hikes. That’s bad for them ‒ and the state.

College calculator: Don’t believe college sticker prices

January 6, 2015 | Ron French

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.

Special education rates vary wildly by school district, race, gender and income

December 16, 2014 | Ron French

A Bridge Magazine- Michigan Radio investigation suggests that early education interventions could help many struggling students avoid a special ed designation. See our interactive database showing special education rates in your school district.

How parents can negotiate their child’s path through special education

December 16, 2014 | Sarah Alvarez

All parents of kids with disabilities have a lot to know when it comes to education, leaving parents searching for tips and advice from other parents, special education officials and advocates on how best to get the services they think their child