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.


It’s all about family for one State Champ

February 3, 2015 | Ron French

Ashley Community Schools conquers poverty, small enrollment and other rural challenges to become an academic overachiever

‘Why is THAT school an Academic State Champ?’

February 3, 2015 | Ron French

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers about how Bridge determines district and school rankings

Academic State Champs bumper sticker

February 1, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Get your FREE Academic State Champs bumper sticker! Click here to find out how.

Listing of all State Champs schools in Michigan

February 1, 2015 | Bridge Staff

These elementary, middle and high schools scored within the top 5 percent in Michigan when student income is factored in.

Top 10 Michigan schools

February 1, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Top elementary, middle and high schools in state, by region and income level.

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.