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.


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

Picking a college? How about 10?

December 9, 2014 | Ron French

Michigan universities are buried under an electronic avalanche of applications this month, as high school seniors apply to three, four, maybe a dozen schools.

Teacher evaluation bills aim to improve performance

December 5, 2014 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Bipartisan legislation is intended to better identify areas where teachers are struggling and get them the training and support they need to improve. Historically, nearly all teachers have received high evaluations even though Michigan is among the bottom tier of states on national tests.

Changing views on sexual misconduct leave colleges vulnerable, accusers and accused frustrated

December 4, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

The University of Michigan is struggling to balance safety and fairness in responding to reports of sexual assault. But an evolving disciplinary process and new standards of evidence leave many confused. Talk about blurred lines.

Two U-M sexual assault cases, little satisfaction

December 4, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

In one case, a female student waited four years before her assailant, a U-M football player, was punished. In another, a male student says he was falsely accused, then tarred by an overzealous court at the university.

See sexual assault reports for 41 Michigan colleges and universities

December 4, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Bridge compiled data on forcible sexual offense reports at 41 Michigan colleges and universities between 2011 and 2013.

Training school counselors to give college advice

December 2, 2014 | Ron French

Michigan does not require school counselors to receive training on giving college advice to students. A bill now in the legislature would require such training for counselors entering the field. But with all the focus on road funding, will lawmakers get to it?

Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

December 2, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

The hard-working, selective school in Houghton is quietly filling industry’s need for STEM engineers.

Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

December 2, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

While business and education leaders have sounded the trumpet on the need for more STEM graduates, the field can seem daunting to young students.