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Gov. Whitmer launching effort to undercut Michigan’s third-grade reading law

Gov. Whitmer launching effort to undercut Michigan’s third-grade reading law

January 29, 2020 | Ron French

An estimated 5,000 students could be flagged to repeat third grade because of low reading scores. In her State of the State address, Whitmer will unveil a plan designed to help parents get around the Republican-backed law.

Students drinking less at MSU and U-M, but still more than national average

Students drinking less at MSU and U-M, but still more than national average

January 28, 2020 | Ron French

Fewer college students are binge drinking at Michigan’s two Big Ten universities. One possible reason: campaigns to correct students’ “Animal House” perceptions of their school’s drinking culture.

If you drink at college, follow these tips to avoid serious danger

If you drink at college, follow these tips to avoid serious danger

January 28, 2020 | Ron French

Binge drinking is declining nationally as awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking increases.

Michigan offers little help for child care. That may change in 2020

Michigan offers little help for child care. That may change in 2020

January 27, 2020 | Ron French

A critical mass of business, political and education leaders pushes for reforms to increase child care access and affordability for low- and middle-income Michiganders.

University of Michigan provost accused of sexual misconduct

University of Michigan provost accused of sexual misconduct

January 22, 2020 | Ron French

Several people have made sexual misconduct allegations against Martin Philbert, a longtime fixture in Ann Arbor and former dean of U-M’s School of Public Health.  

Michigan residents say they oppose uncertified teachers leading classrooms

Michigan residents say they oppose uncertified teachers leading classrooms

January 16, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

A strong majority of Michiganders say the state must reduce the number of schools relying on long-term substitutes and find ways to ensure trained teachers are educating students, Bridge Magazine polling shows.

Michigan inches toward universal pre-K as leaders support 2-year kindergarten

Michigan inches toward universal pre-K as leaders support 2-year kindergarten

January 8, 2020 | Ron French

With bipartisan support in Lansing and a push from parents, two-year kindergarten programs are growing across the state, effectively leading the state toward a form of universal preschool.  

A look back at our most impactful Michigan education coverage in 2019

A look back at our most impactful Michigan education coverage in 2019

December 26, 2019 | Bridge Staff

A wedding planner teaching science. Flunking kindergarten to save on daycare. Protests to keep a high school. Our top 2019 education stories revealed how money and anxiety are quietly reshaping Michigan education. 

Michigan leaders join forces to reform schools. Can it work this time?

Michigan leaders join forces to reform schools. Can it work this time?

December 18, 2019 | Ron French

Business leaders, teacher unions, charter schools and philanthropies are now saying the same thing: We have a plan to improve our schools. In Michigan, that’s news.

15,000 Michigan kids take two years of kindergarten. Is Lansing listening?

15,000 Michigan kids take two years of kindergarten. Is Lansing listening?

December 11, 2019 | Ron French

More families, most of them white and more affluent, are enrolling children in two years of kindergarten, saving child-care costs and giving schools more state money. In effect, parents are stepping in when Lansing won’t.  

Choice of Michigan college can make a (million-dollar) difference

Choice of Michigan college can make a (million-dollar) difference

December 10, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

A college degree still pays off, but pays off more at some universities than others, according to a new study. Compare the return on investment at Michigan two- and four-year colleges.

Community college costs soar in Michigan. Blame sinking state aid.

Community college costs soar in Michigan. Blame sinking state aid.

December 4, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The cost of attending a community college varies widely in Michigan, with schools in suburban Detroit half the cost of colleges elsewhere in the state.

Detroit Chamber: Metro students must finish degrees to find good jobs

Detroit Chamber: Metro students must finish degrees to find good jobs

December 4, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s first State of Education report bemoans high dropout rates in postsecondary education, leaving students with debt but not the credentials to get solid jobs with local employers.

After 3 years of substitute teachers, this Michigan girl may flunk 3rd grade

After 3 years of substitute teachers, this Michigan girl may flunk 3rd grade

December 3, 2019 | Ron French

Sabrina, 8, is caught in the crossfire of two state education crises – the state’s new third-grade “read-or-flunk” law and an explosion in the use of uncertified long-term substitute teachers in state classrooms.

Why do Detroit kids miss so much school? Hint: Don’t just blame the schools

Why do Detroit kids miss so much school? Hint: Don’t just blame the schools

November 26, 2019 | Ron French

A new Wayne State University study finds that factors outside of school have a huge impact on school attendance, such as asthma, poverty and crime rates.

In Detroit, going door-to-door to get students back in school

In Detroit, going door-to-door to get students back in school

November 26, 2019 | Erin Einhorn, Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit

If you miss too many days of school in Detroit, be prepared for a knock on the door.

Michigan expanded preschool funding. Reading scores show it works.

Michigan expanded preschool funding. Reading scores show it works.

November 6, 2019 | Ron French

The good news: Low- and moderate-income 4-year-olds who enroll in the Great Start Readiness Program become better readers than those who don’t. The bad news? One-in-three qualified kids still aren’t enrolled.

Michigan schools are now average. That’s progress.

Michigan schools are now average. That’s progress.

October 30, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

The NAEP test, known as “the nation’s report card,” shows that state students are treading water on test results, as other states’ scores are going down. As a result, Michigan has risen to middle-of-the-pack status.

SLIDESHOW: How Michigan schools boosted national ranking

SLIDESHOW: How Michigan schools boosted national ranking

October 30, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Michigan’s public school students continued gains on national tests, improving their ranking just a few years after falling to nearly the bottom of the nation.

Still last among big cities, Detroit gains big in math on national test

Still last among big cities, Detroit gains big in math on national test

October 30, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat

“These are the greatest gains that Detroit has seen since it started taking the assessment,” said one education expert. 

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