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

Staying safe on football game day in Michigan (SLIDESHOW)

September 7, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Drinking and football are often synonymous. But they don’t have to be dangerous. Use these 10 tips to avoid big trouble.

See how your school’s test scores compare (interactive map)

September 5, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map to compare SAT scores with neighboring schools in your county and the state.

Nikolai Vitti loves a challenge. He has one at Detroit Public Schools.

September 5, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit’s new superintendent sits for a Q&A about school closures, test scores, lead in drinking fountains and early conflict-of-interest questions.

University of Michigan won't 'do work of police' to track DACA students

August 31, 2017 | Ron French

U-M President Mark Schlissel says students should be able to pursue education 'without outside worries.' He sat down with Bridge to answer five questions this week.

Want a better SAT score in Michigan? Book your hotel now.

August 22, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan’s money-saving switch from the ACT college prep test is causing serious anxiety because aren’t enough sites for students to retake the test.

Michigan failing its special needs children, parents and studies say.

August 10, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Federal officials say Michigan isn’t properly educating students with disabilities. Parents blame cost cutting.

Fewer college students want to be teachers, and why it matters (searchable database)

August 3, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Enrollment in teacher-prep programs is falling nationwide, and by more than 50 percent in Michigan colleges and universities. Why the classroom is losing its appeal.

Lessons learned: Big money alone can’t fix public schools

July 27, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Some of Michigan’s top foundations invested millions of dollars to improve Detroit education. The group they formed has closed quietly, falling well short of its goals.

Retraction: A Bridge story on a student accepted at Harvard turns out to be a hoax

June 30, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Bridge recently published the inspirational story of a low-income Detroit student who overcame steep odds to win acceptance to Harvard. It turns out, Bridge discovered, the acceptance letter was fabricated.

Which comes first? Tourism dollars or students?

June 20, 2017 | Alexandra Schmidt

Tourism officials are fighting to keep summer break through Labor Day to boost a critical Michigan industry. But school officials are fighting back, and this year they may win.

Who’s certified to run Michigan’s schools? Nobody knows

June 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

A state effort is underway to track school superintendents, principals.

Can a charitable foundation save a school district? We’re about to find out

May 11, 2017 | Ron French

In Battle Creek, where school choice policies are blamed for helping to segregate schools and gut district programs, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation steps in to try to turn things around.

As deadline nears: How to choose the college that’s right for you

April 25, 2017 | Ron French

May 1 is the traditional deadline for saying yes or no to college admission offers. Don’t flip a coin. Read these tips.

How to improve SAT scores without going broke

April 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Examining free college prep exam courses, which some say work just as well as those that cost thousands.

Michigan shuts down bad schools. Leading states build them up.

February 21, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan’s law that calls for the annual closure of the state’s worst schools is unique in the nation.

For poor and first-generation college students, ‘I think I can’ is half the battle

February 16, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Amid a graduation gap, Michigan colleges are making a greater effort to help low-income, first generation and other at-risk students earn their college degree.

Bridge Magazine's 2017 Academic State Champs

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge is rating Michigan high schools by how well they prepare students for college or career training after they graduate.

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February 14, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Academic State Champs 2017: Find your school

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

See how your school performed in the 2017 Academic State Champs analysis.

6 reasons why students at some high schools are better prepared for college or career

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

The first reason, family income, is something schools can’t control. But other factors, like having counselors to help students navigate the maze of higher education, can produce real dividends.  

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