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.
In spite of rising tuition and loan debt, experts say a college degree still looks like a wise financial investment for most Michigan students, if they choose wisely.
A sobering report recommends a half billion dollars to improve college access. Lansing responds with a yawn
From financial incentives to colleges designed for dropouts, states are finding ways to help residents get their diplomas. Could these programs help Michigan
Thousands of adults are just a few classes away from a degree. So why isn’t Michigan, so hungry for skilled workers, doing more to help them finish
Michigan has the highest college dropout rates in the Midwest. See rates in your county
Obsolete state policies favor financial aid for young students over the older, part-time students who are increasingly filling college campuses.
In a report released today, a public policy group says the legislature is underfunding its public universities at a critical time in a transforming economy
A school run by former Detroit city councilwoman Sharon McPhail is fined after a Bridge investigation revealed she is unlicensed
Tripping over its own good intentions, a long-awaited study calculating the cost of a good education may be undone by its high price, timid promises and puzzling methodology
Some school districts would receive tens of millions in additional funding, while many others are already overfunded
The report was supposed to be a big win for education reformers. But holes in the study may undermine efforts to increase school spending
It may be the the simplest way to improve academic achievement. But starting school later in the morning is a surprisingly tough sell
An hour delay paid off in achievement and attendance. So why aren’t more schools following that lead
Districts across Michigan struggle to field candidates for school boards. The job can be time consuming, nerve wracking, and is often unpaid. Would proper training for new board members help?
On Tuesday, residents in more than two dozen districts will vote on whether to pay for construction, technology or other projects. If history holds, half will fail. Here’s what successful Michigan districts do right.
Michigan’s patchwork system of support misses the state’s most vulnerable young people
Almost 100,000 students enroll in public schools outside their neighborhood school districts through Michigan’s popular school-of-choice policy. On average, they are learning no more than if they’d stayed in their neighborhood school, a study finds