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.
Detroit, Flint and other poor, mostly African-American school districts get the bulk of the blame for the state’s declining test scores. But the latest research shows Michigan students of all stripes are falling behind their peers nationally – yes, even white, middle-class students. A Bridge Special Report.
A state push to improve teacher performance was hampered by testing delays. Bridge pointed out a minor fix that would speed testing. On Tuesday, that fix passed a hurdle in the state House
When money ran out at Albion High, the district shipped students to rival Marshall High School. What happens when poor, African-American students are bused to an affluent, nearly all-white high school? The answer may surprise you.
With wariness among students from both towns, Albion teens enter classrooms very different from their old school. ‘They can’t know what they haven’t been taught.’
Two superintendents face down ‘racist’ concerns from parents in their communities, and begin to see the promise of their stand.
Seven months later, there is a growing optimism among students despite academic struggle. And the districts’ finances begin to grow.
Year-round school is suddenly the hot new education reform movement in Lansing. Bridge wrote about a wildly popular year-round district in Michigan’s Thumb last fall. Now bipartisan support for year-round schools is growing in the legislature.
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.
State education leaders are facing off against some districts and administrators who are balking at adding school days in June to account for a flurry of snow days this winter.
School districts debate the wisdom of closing schools on snow days while allowing basketball games and other activities to take place at night.
Bipartisan measure would tie part of a teacher’s evaluation to student growth on standardized tests. Implementing the new assessments would cost millions but backers say it will improve learning by giving teachers the training and support they need to get better.
Rep. Adam Zemke says new statewide teacher evaluation legislation will help students by improving teachers’ classroom performance.