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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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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

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

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

If literacy is a right, who pays bill, judge asks in Detroit schools suit

If literacy is a right, who pays bill, judge asks in Detroit schools suit

October 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

A closely watched Detroit case is heard by a three-judge federal panel in Cincinnati. At stake could be nothing less than a complete overhaul in how Michigan schools are funded.

Wayne State bets the word 'free' will lure students like it has at U-M

Wayne State bets the word 'free' will lure students like it has at U-M

October 24, 2019 | Ron French

Most low-income Detroit high school grads already can attend Wayne State University tuition-free. But by making that an explicit, Wayne hopes more city students will see a future in college. 

Is literacy a constitutional right? A Detroit legal case could decide

Is literacy a constitutional right? A Detroit legal case could decide

October 23, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

 Education advocates hope to overturn the dismissal of a case that argued that access to literacy was protected by the U.S. Constitution. The implications for Michigan and the nation are sweeping.

The Test: ‘Read-or-flunk’ law looms over Michigan third-graders

The Test: ‘Read-or-flunk’ law looms over Michigan third-graders

October 23, 2019 | Ron French

Bridge begins a series following four third-grade classes as they prepare for a test determining who moves on to fourth grade, and who stays behind.

Fewer Michigan college students want to be teachers. That’s a problem.

Fewer Michigan college students want to be teachers. That’s a problem.

October 17, 2019 | Ron French

Declining enrollment in teacher prep programs means bigger teacher shortages, which leads to more uncertified teachers leading Michigan classrooms.

Rich districts profit by sending substitutes to Michigan private schools

Rich districts profit by sending substitutes to Michigan private schools

October 10, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan’s exploding use of long-term substitute teachers isn’t confined only to charter and poor schools. Richer districts also profit through a program that allows them to send uncertified teachers to private schools.

Who’s leading classes? Uncertified teachers for thousands of Michigan kids

Who’s leading classes? Uncertified teachers for thousands of Michigan kids

October 10, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

New data show permits for long-term substitute teachers are on pace to equal or surpass last year in Michigan, continuing a surge in the use of lower-paid teachers who can have as little as two years’ education.

Check to see how many long-term subs are in your Michigan school

Check to see how many long-term subs are in your Michigan school

October 10, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The use of long-term substitute teachers – who may have as little as two years of college – has soared in Michigan. Use this database to search how many are in your school so far this academic year.

Tiny school districts to Lansing: Stop acting like ‘middle-schoolers’

Tiny school districts to Lansing: Stop acting like ‘middle-schoolers’

October 7, 2019 | Ron French

Superintendents in some of Michigan’s most isolated districts blame Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Repubican leaders for a budget fight that they say threatens their future and treats students like political pawns.

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