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.

Articles

Michigan has 1.6M college dropouts. Debt forgiveness may lure them back.

April 30, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Oakland and Wayne State universities and Henry Ford College are forgiving small debts for onetime students who re-enroll. Early efforts have shown modest success.

Q&A: How Michigan social studies became a ‘pawn in partisan games’

April 24, 2019 | Ron French

The state education official in charge of the five-year odyssey to update school social studies standards is tired of her department being used as a political punching bag

2019 Academic State Champs honors Michigan schools where college is the norm

April 17, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Dearborn schools dominate many of the champs lists, as Bridge Magazine recognizes winners at schools from Grand Rapids to Detroit and the Upper Peninsula

Here are Michigan's Academic State Champs for 2019

April 17, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Take a bow. Here are the most successful high schools in Michigan at sending graduates to college, broken down into four categories. Did your school make the list?

Search Michigan schools to see how they compare in sending grads to college

April 17, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Use this database to search for your Michigan high school and see how it compares in sending graduates to college to others nearby and of similar economic means.

Academic State Champs 2019 - upper income (slideshow)

April 17, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Here are the 2019 Academic State Champs among upper income schools, those with 25 percent or fewer economically disadvantaged students.

Academic State Champs 2019 - middle to upper income (slideshow)

April 17, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Here are the 2019 Academic State Champs among middle to upper income schools, those with 25 percent to 40 percent economically disadvantaged students. 

Academic State Champs 2019 - lower to middle income (slideshow)

April 17, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Here are the 2019 Academic State Champs among lower to middle income schools, those with 40 percent to 55 percent economically disadvantaged students.

Academic State Champs 2019 - lower income (slideshow)

April 17, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Here are the 2019 Academic State Champs among lower income schools, those with more than 55 percent of economically disadvantaged students. 

Shooter drills. Anxious teachers. Flying staplers. Michigan schools prepare.

April 15, 2019 | Ron French

It’s been 20 years since two students killed 13 people at Columbine High School. Today, Michigan schools use hockey pucks, hornet spray and gun sensors to train for the unthinkable. Are they ready? And at what cost?

Michigan doesn’t track school security – or fund safety office it created

April 15, 2019 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

Most Michigan schools visited take active shooter security seriously. Just don’t ask the state what each school is doing – it doesn’t keep track. And the Office of School Safety the Legislature created? It remains unfunded.

Five finalists named to be Michigan’s next state school superintendent

April 5, 2019 | Ron French

Three finalists are long-time superintendents from Michigan, and two others would bring an outside perspective to the state’s chief of schools

Gay rights and climate change are back in Michigan social studies standards

March 26, 2019 | Ron French

A public outcry followed conservative efforts last year to revise ‒ and in some cases, limit ‒ what is taught classrooms. Those changes were largely reversed in a new draft to the state education board.  

Michigan teachers: Standardized tests are useless and classes are too big

March 20, 2019 | Ron French

Those inside Michigan’s classrooms have some very different views on what works and what doesn’t work to improve education, according to a massive survey of educators across the state.

Rich-poor achievement gap won’t budge. Is investing in teachers an answer?

March 19, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Students from poor families are, on average, more than two years behind their wealthier classmates. Poverty plays a huge role in student scores, but can boosting teacher quality also help?

Whitmer budget would triple literacy coaches to help Michigan students read

March 5, 2019 | Ron French

The $24 million budget increase for literacy coaches wasn’t the biggest headline out of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal, but it could have a huge impact on Michigan schools, particularly for third grade.

Gov. Whitmer: Boost Michigan schools by $507 million, with more for neediest students

March 4, 2019 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s governor’s first budget offers a fairly radical change in how the state spends money on public school students, with questions still on where the money would come from.

Whitmer pushes college aid. But success rates vary wildly at Michigan schools

February 27, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

A new scholarship proposal could get more students into Michigan colleges. But which campus they go to plays a big role in whether they graduate and how much they - and the state - will benefit.

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