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.

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Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program ‘significantly’ increases college grad rates, study finds

June 25, 2015 | Julie Mack

Ten years after the launch of the nationally lauded program, researchers can say for the first time that the money was well spent, with many more Kalamazoo students earning college degrees than would have without the scholarship.

Does Kalamazoo Promise success build case for more state scholarship funding?

June 25, 2015 | Ron French

Make college cheap enough, and more people graduate. Who knew?

Study offers financial, policy road map for Michigan education reform

June 25, 2015 | Ron French

A blunt new report lists ways to fix Michigan schools. Will anyone listen?

One Dearborn school soars. Another stumbles. Why?

June 23, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

A test result is a snapshot, and in Dearborn, one elementary school came out with a surprisingly better portrait than another in the critical milestone of third-grade reading. Why? Nobody seems to know.

Grand Rapids cites the limits of state rankings to explain school gaps

June 23, 2015 | Ron French

Why do some low-income elementary schools in Grand Rapids perform better than others? Educators in Grand Rapids say that ranking formulas often do not reflect critical differences between seemingly similar schools.

One teacher, 25 kids and the enormous challenge of turning around Detroit schools (Chapter 1)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The state is in the midst of yet another fix for Detroit’s troubled schools. So this spring, Bridge spent time in William Weir’s social studies classroom to get a sense for what works, and what doesn’t, for one Detroit teacher.

One teacher, 25 kids: For struggling students, a push to 'dream bigger' (Chapter 2)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

For third- and fourth-graders with limited reading skills, a teacher must take creative measures to make lessons stick.

One teacher, 25 kids: ‘Can I sleep at night?’ (Chapter 3)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Budget deficits in Detroit mean even larger class sizes come this fall. Will Mr. Weir meet the challenge for his young students?

How state’s new early childhood funding will help boost student learning

June 11, 2015 | Ron French

More than $30 million has been allocated for early reading initiatives in the 2016 state education budget. Many of the initiatives, intended to boost Michigan’s third-grade reading rates, followed Bridge reporting on the benefits of early investment in vulnerable children.

In paychecks, Michigan women have a long way to go, baby

June 9, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Women in full-time jobs earn on average three-fourths the pay as men in Michigan, a wider margin than most of the nation. While critics question the scale of the gap, policymakers debate ways to close it.

Hispanic women struggle with just over half the pay of men

June 9, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Hispanic women in Michigan earn barely half the income of non-Hispanic white males.

How a single, powerful senator killed serious reform of teacher evaluation

June 4, 2015 | Ron French

A bill to set rigorous statewide standards for evaluating teachers was backed by Republicans and Democrats, as well as the governor. Standing in their way: state Sen. Phil Pavlov, who has his own ideas about what's best for teachers.

Ball Q&A: Michigan kids ‘will lose’ with weak teacher evaluation bill

June 4, 2015 | Ron French

UM education dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball slams the Legislature’s latest bill to rate teachers. She urges the state to instead adopt her panel’s recommendations, which she said would be the nation’s gold standard for raising classroom performance.

One high school’s miracle revival. And what may kill it.

May 21, 2015 | Keith A. Owens

Hazel Park High’s academic turnaround plan transformed it from one of the state’s worst high schools to one of the best in just two years. Will district finances halt its success?

Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses make one last stand

May 19, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

In an era where consolidating government and creating “efficiencies” is the mantra, there are 16 one-room schoolhouses still operating across lower Michigan, often in the shadow of larger schools districts. Do they have a future?

Four siblings, a single classroom

May 19, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

The vast majority of families that pick one-room schools for their children do so through Michigan’s broad school choice law. For Paul and Jeanine Starcher, choosing Verona Mills was a way to keep their quadruplets in one classroom.

Why does U-M accept so few low-income students?

May 5, 2015 | Ron French

A girl, a college president, and the struggle to increase income diversity on campus.

Lack of college guidance keeps poor and rural students from applying

March 26, 2015 | Ron French

From ACT prep to private tutors and advisors, middle- and high-income students are groomed to follow their dreams. For bright low-income students, the first obstacle is learning where to start.

Putting a college advisor in every Michigan high school

March 26, 2015 | Ron French

Getting low-income students to think about two- and four-year colleges is the goal of a program that can lift young people from poverty and boost the state’s economy.

March Gradness: NCAA brackets built on victories in the classroom, not the court

March 17, 2015 | Ron French

Grading Michigan State University and the other NCAA tournament teams on the academic factors that matter to average (much shorter) students.

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