Alexandra Schmidt is the Public Engagement Reporter at Bridge Magazine. From 2017 to 2019, she worked in the Public Engagement Team at the Center for Michigan, Bridge’s publisher, where she spoke with thousands of Michiganders to identify resident priorities for the state legislature. She amplified those views straight to state leaders by writing, delivering, and promoting the Center’s annual Citizen’s Agenda. Previously, she worked with HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Big 10 Network, TBS, and Comedy Central. She holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors in Urban Studies from the University of Michigan. Alexandra can be reached at email@example.com or 616-901-5764.
January 16, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt
A strong majority of Michiganders say the state must reduce the number of schools relying on long-term substitutes and find ways to ensure trained teachers are educating students, Bridge Magazine polling shows.
January 7, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt
The state has proposed maximum contaminant limits for seven PFAS compounds in Michigan drinking water. Here’s what they are, and how you can weigh in on the limits.
December 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
Amid tensions on water diversions, Democrats propose legislation that would limit Nestlé’s ability to pump Michigan groundwater and export it out of the state. But farmers say such a law threatens their groundwater rights.
December 10, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
So many changes in next year’s census, from online and phone options to new doubts about issues of confidentiality, particularly among undocumented residents. Bridge answers some of the most commonly asked questions.
December 4, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
The Detroit Regional Chamber’s first State of Education report bemoans high dropout rates in postsecondary education, leaving students with debt but not the credentials to get solid jobs with local employers.
October 31, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
Fourteen towns heavily burdened by marijuana convictions voted to legalize recreational pot last year. But city officials put the brakes on opening a marijuana business, at least for now.
October 21, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
Bridge Magazine uncovered that up to 50,000 K-12 students in Michigan are being taught by long-term (often uncertified) substitute teachers. You can weigh in and hear experts talk about this troubling trend, and how to fix it.
September 3, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
Bridge spoke with 29 Michigan teachers in a Facebook group about the read or flunk law that hits third-graders this year. They’re dubious the law will improve literacy but have plenty of other ideas.
August 5, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
The Center for Michigan is hitting the road to find out how residents view management of the state’s waters. Here’s how to have your voice included in our Citizens Water Agenda, which will be delivered to every state leader.
Michigan’s high court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether Republican efforts to pass the ballot measure, then gut it, violated the constitution. That does not mean the court will decide the matter, at least right now.
The high court is hearing arguments Wednesday on whether Republicans in Lansing acted lawfully in passing a paid sick leave bill last year before neutering it. The court may offer its opinion, or it may not, raising the specter of a formal lawsuit.
July 11, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
Residents can order invasive plants through specialty websites, even though they are illegal in Michigan. Is there a better way to protect the state’s fish, waters and tourism industry?
June 29, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
The state's new prosecution team delivered a scathing rebuke of how the investigation was handled by former Attorney General Bill Schuette. But their promises to deliver justice for the people of Flint were greeted by skepticism and even grief.
May 30, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
Michigan’s young students continue to struggle with basic reading proficiency. What would Michigan teachers do differently if they were in charge of state education policy?
May 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
Michiganders often express skepticism that state lottery money earmarked for schools actually goes to, you know, schools. Bridge offers insight to the most frequently asked lottery conspiracy theories.
January 29, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
The Center for Michigan heard from 23,000 people across the state in 2018 on what they want from lawmakers, and what they don’t. Now, we’re talking your views to every legislator in Lansing and to the governor’s office.
January 18, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt
This year’s new seasonal brews may never hit the shelf, and some smaller breweries along West Michigan’s “Ale Trail” fear their openings may be at risk. Thanks, Washington!
Here’s what you can - and cannot - do now that voters have overwhelmingly approved recreational marijuana
October 10, 2018 | Alexandra Schmidt
Each side in the battle over partisan gerrymandering has brought in national money for their campaigns. That’s where the similarities end.