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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Shooter drills. Anxious teachers. Flying staplers. Michigan schools prepare.

Shooter drills. Anxious teachers. Flying staplers. Michigan schools prepare.

April 15, 2019 | Ron French

It’s been 20 years since two students killed 13 people at Columbine High School. Today, Michigan schools use hockey pucks, hornet spray and gun sensors to train for the unthinkable. Are they ready? And at what cost?

Michigan doesn’t track school security – or fund safety office it created

Michigan doesn’t track school security – or fund safety office it created

April 15, 2019 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

Most Michigan schools visited take active shooter security seriously. Just don’t ask the state what each school is doing – it doesn’t keep track. And the Office of School Safety the Legislature created? It remains unfunded.

Five finalists named to be Michigan’s next state school superintendent

Five finalists named to be Michigan’s next state school superintendent

April 5, 2019 | Ron French

Three finalists are long-time superintendents from Michigan, and two others would bring an outside perspective to the state’s chief of schools

Gay rights and climate change are back in Michigan social studies standards

Gay rights and climate change are back in Michigan social studies standards

March 26, 2019 | Ron French

A public outcry followed conservative efforts last year to revise ‒ and in some cases, limit ‒ what is taught classrooms. Those changes were largely reversed in a new draft to the state education board.  

Michigan teachers: Standardized tests are useless and classes are too big

Michigan teachers: Standardized tests are useless and classes are too big

March 20, 2019 | Ron French

Those inside Michigan’s classrooms have some very different views on what works and what doesn’t work to improve education, according to a massive survey of educators across the state.

Rich-poor achievement gap won’t budge. Is investing in teachers an answer?

Rich-poor achievement gap won’t budge. Is investing in teachers an answer?

March 19, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Students from poor families are, on average, more than two years behind their wealthier classmates. Poverty plays a huge role in student scores, but can boosting teacher quality also help?

Whitmer budget would triple literacy coaches to help Michigan students read

Whitmer budget would triple literacy coaches to help Michigan students read

March 5, 2019 | Ron French

The $24 million budget increase for literacy coaches wasn’t the biggest headline out of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal, but it could have a huge impact on Michigan schools, particularly for third grade.

Gov. Whitmer: Boost Michigan schools by $507 million, with more for neediest students

Gov. Whitmer: Boost Michigan schools by $507 million, with more for neediest students

March 4, 2019 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s governor’s first budget offers a fairly radical change in how the state spends money on public school students, with questions still on where the money would come from.

Whitmer pushes college aid. But success rates vary wildly at Michigan schools

Whitmer pushes college aid. But success rates vary wildly at Michigan schools

February 27, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

A new scholarship proposal could get more students into Michigan colleges. But which campus they go to plays a big role in whether they graduate and how much they - and the state - will benefit.

Seven things to know about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s debt-free college plan

Seven things to know about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s debt-free college plan

February 27, 2019 | Ron French

The governor’s ambitious revamp of college aid could be a game-changer for Michigan, but the state’s poor won’t benefit much. Here’s why.

In Tennessee, a model for Michigan’s plan for debt-free community college

In Tennessee, a model for Michigan’s plan for debt-free community college

February 27, 2019 | Ron French

If you want to know the impact Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed college aid expansion, look 500 miles south to Tennessee, where a nearly identical program has been up and running since 2014.

A $18B debt is coming due, and it’s haunting small town Michigan

A $18B debt is coming due, and it’s haunting small town Michigan

February 25, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

See how your town compares as a new state law tracking public pension and health care debt lays bare the financial woes of rural Michigan.

Birmingham superintendent apologizes for African American history class

Birmingham superintendent apologizes for African American history class

February 25, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

In response to a column in Bridge Magazine, superintendent sends parents letter saying district “failed in its obligation” to provide “appropriate” lessons.

More Michigan residents get college degrees, but state still trails diploma race

More Michigan residents get college degrees, but state still trails diploma race

February 20, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

More than four in 10 Michigan adults have an associate’s degree or higher, the highest rate on record but still far short of what the state needs.

Opinion | The miseducation of Michigan: How state fails kids in black history

Opinion | The miseducation of Michigan: How state fails kids in black history

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

My kids are in one of Michigan’s best districts. Their African-American history class included ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and a documentary about gangs. We can do better as we celebrate Black History Month.

The real state of Michigan education: Improving outcomes costs money

The real state of Michigan education: Improving outcomes costs money

February 12, 2019 | Ron French

Whitmer campaigned on improving Michigan schools. Education leaders across the state offer suggestions to accomplish that goal.

CEOs, Republicans add voices to Michigan’s child care ‘crisis’

CEOs, Republicans add voices to Michigan’s child care ‘crisis’

January 25, 2019 | Ron French

Michigan needs workers. Workers need child care. But the cost is out of reach for many Michigan families. Will the weight of CEO’s and, increasingly, Republican lawmakers prompt the state to open its wallet?

Four people, four reasons child care costs are a growing crisis in Michigan

Four people, four reasons child care costs are a growing crisis in Michigan

January 25, 2019 | Ron French

Few people are happy with the affordability of child care in Michigan. Bridge profiles a parent, a child care worker, the owner of a child care center, and a CEO whose workers can’t find suitable care.

Michigan cut school funding and school performance plummeted. Coincidence?

Michigan cut school funding and school performance plummeted. Coincidence?

January 23, 2019 | Ron French

A new MSU study confirmed what many school leaders have felt: Michigan traded public education support for tax cuts.

Six systems in 7 years and Michigan students still lag. Now comes A to F.

Six systems in 7 years and Michigan students still lag. Now comes A to F.

January 17, 2019 | Ron French

Should schools be graded with a letter? A number? How about a color? How about if we told you none of it has done much to help students? Michigan churns through reform while top states stick with one plan.

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