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.
Michigan leaders love to write about our failing education system. Changes, though, are proving tougher.
If you were to lay the pages of these voluminous studies end to end, we’d question your life choices. Bridge offers instead this quickie version of the reports’ findings on how best to reform schools.
Leading states have figured out a way for education, business and political leaders to work together to improve schools. A new report calls for that same cooperation in Michigan
A new state law requires third-graders to repeat the grade if they are more than a year behind in reading. But the state test doesn’t yield that information.
The U.S. Education Secretary did not appear to know much about how Michigan schools are performing, despite years fighting for pro-charter and school-of-choice policies. Bridge is here to help.
Under a new law, in two years thousands of Michigan's third graders will flunk if they are more than a year behind in reading skills if the state can't turn current trends to the positive. How did this happen?
Bridge Magazine’s reading tool will show whether your child’s district is suffering third-grade reading declines, a trend that could leave plenty of future third graders to repeat the grade.
Allegan Public Schools was among dozens of districts that showed little student growth in a Stanford study. Its story is the story of public education across Michigan.
State aims to fill career-tech teaching shortage by recruiting non-teachers with industry experience to the classroom. Can it work?
This year, Bridge honors school districts where students grow the most from third to eighth grade. The new measure comes from groundbreaking research that tips conventional wisdom on its head.
Check out these cool bubble charts that show the interplay between income and achievement in 500 Michigan school districts.
Use this database to search growth from third to eighth grades, and compare districts compare with their neighbors and ones with similar socioeconomics statewide in Michigan.
Use this slideshow to see where students in school districts with more than 4,000 students grew the most from third to eighth grade
Use this slideshow to see where students in school districts with 1,300 to 4,000 students grew the most from third to eighth grade
Use this slideshow to see where students in school districts with less than 1,300 students grew the most from third to eighth grade.
The former governor helped to give far more to Michigan’s public universities than his Democratic and Republican successors
Michigan’s economy would improve if more adults had diplomas. Why our future may depend on immigrants and other transplants.
Many say students spend too much time taking state tests. But some question whether dropping math and critical thinking questions sends the right message.
A bill expected to be signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder is a small step toward improved access to college ‒ if schools’ understaffed counselors can find time to pass on career advice.
It may be a world-renowned university, but the University of Michigan has yet to figure out how to get more low-income students to enroll. The solution may come down to a one-word marketing tweak: Free