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State House bill takes partisanship out of some primaries

November 10, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Why do we require local sheriffs, prosecutors and clerks to declare a party affiliation in the primaries? One U.P. representative lobbies to end this practice in a Bridge Q-and-A.

The War on Crime, not crime itself, fueled Detroit’s post-1967 decline

October 18, 2016 | Bill McGraw

In this Q-and-A, historian and National Book Award finalist Heather Ann Thompson argues that draconian police tactics in black Detroit neighborhoods had as much to do with the city’s decimation as white flight and lost jobs

Real talk about race

July 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

We asked leaders around metro Detroit to talk frankly about racial attitudes in their lives and communities. These five answered the bell.

Kenneth Reed

July 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

What happened when one Minnesota school district let high schoolers sleep in

May 31, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

An hour delay paid off in achievement and attendance. So why aren’t more schools following that lead

A Bridge Q-and-A with Detroit’s Big 3 education chiefs

March 31, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

It’s a high-powered trio presiding over huge changes for Detroit’s public school system. Judge Steven Rhodes, interim Supt. Alycia Meriweather and EAA chief Veronica Conforme reveal their priorities in the push to finally fix city schools

Settled into U-M’s top job, Mark Schlissel strategizes its future

February 2, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

After 18 months on the job, U-M’s 14th president is seeking ways to make Michigan’s elite institution more diverse, welcoming and valuable to the state

What’s so good about land banks? A Q&A

November 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Want to take a chance on a piece of property the last owner couldn’t handle?

Ball Q&A: Michigan kids ‘will lose’ with weak teacher evaluation bill

June 4, 2015 | Ron French

UM education dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball slams the Legislature’s latest bill to rate teachers. She urges the state to instead adopt her panel’s recommendations, which she said would be the nation’s gold standard for raising classroom performance.

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.

National education leader: Business must lead fight in Michigan

October 14, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Bridge sat down with Kati Haycock, founder of the Education Trust in Washington, D.C., to talk about reversing Michigan’s decline and what schools can do for low-income kids when parents aren’t in the game.

Q&A: Home is what you make it

July 22, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

There are many cities that can be improved with planning that turns public spaces into the heart of those communities. Michigan’s “placemaking” chief explains how.

More money. More jobs?

July 15, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Southeast Michigan is poised to get a share of $1.3 billion in U.S. economic development grants. Lisa Baragar Katz, executive director of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeastern Michigan tells Bridge how the money should be spent.

Politicos were out to get me, says emergency manager

July 10, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Benton Harbor’s first emergency manager sidelined elected officials and a public war soon followed. EMs have authority to make the hard cuts that elected leaders won’t, but entrenched politics are harder to ax.

Dennis Archer: Supporting Detroit benefits entire state

May 13, 2014 | Ron French

Detroit’s former mayor argues that the city’s negative image brings down all of Michigan – even hundreds of miles away.

Shinola’s place in Detroit’s future

March 27, 2014 | Alexander Moroz

Jacques Panis, president of the Detroit watch and bicycle maker, offers a wish list of businesses he’d like to see in Detroit.

Bill sponsor says year-round schools will prove popular

March 3, 2014 | Ron French

The devil is always in the details, but year-round bill sponsor Andy Schor, D-Lansing, says the pilot program spearheaded by him and Gov. Rick Snyder will ultimately win support from parents, students, and teachers.

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