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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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Car repairs and rent checks: a bold plan to keep Michigan students in college

Car repairs and rent checks: a bold plan to keep Michigan students in college

January 7, 2019 | Ron French

Almost 1-in-4 Michigan adults is a college dropout. A foundation in St. Clair County is turning traditional scholarships on their head, and creating a possible model for the rest of the state.

Michigan’s A-to-F school ratings on ice until attorney general weighs in

Michigan’s A-to-F school ratings on ice until attorney general weighs in

January 3, 2019 | Ron French

The Legislature and former Gov. Rick Snyder approved a new accountability system for Michigan schools. But the Michigan Department of Education questions the law’s legality.

Michigan A-to-F school bill gets passing grade in Senate; on to Gov. Rick Snyder

Michigan A-to-F school bill gets passing grade in Senate; on to Gov. Rick Snyder

December 18, 2018 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

A controversial bill that will give grades to schools will likely become law, despite concerns about whether it meets federal guidelines.

Michigan education department blasts A to F school system bill

Michigan education department blasts A to F school system bill

December 18, 2018 | Ron French

State Superintendent Sheila Alles minced few words in a last-ditch effort to kill an A-to-F school grading system pushed by the legislature.

Michigan House passes A-to-F school grades but nixes new commission

Michigan House passes A-to-F school grades but nixes new commission

December 13, 2018 | Ron French

In what appeared to be a compromise to get votes, a politically appointed commission with broad powers over Michigan schools was downgraded to an “peer review panel.” Bill now goes to Senate.

Michigan may soon rank schools A-to-F. Will it help? Nobody knows.

Michigan may soon rank schools A-to-F. Will it help? Nobody knows.

November 29, 2018 | Ron French

Would hanging a scarlet letter on a struggling school improve learning? Michigan might find out, if a bill now being considered in the Legislature passes.

Once embarrassed by its graduation numbers, Wayne State becomes a model

Once embarrassed by its graduation numbers, Wayne State becomes a model

November 15, 2018 | Ron French

Graduating less than half your students in six years doesn’t seem worth bragging about. Until you see the trend line. WSU just won a national award for improving grad rates, particularly for black students.

Free tuition brings more low-income students to the University of Michigan

Free tuition brings more low-income students to the University of Michigan

October 31, 2018 | Ron French

Michigan has struggled for years to get low-income students to enroll. A program offering free tuition to Michigan students from families earning under $65,000 a year may have done the trick.

Some colleges are unaffordable for many qualified students

Some colleges are unaffordable for many qualified students

October 18, 2018 | Jon Marcus

Even as net prices begin to fall at some schools, many families are priced out, according to college cost data now available for universities across the country.

Hey college applicants: Harvard will reject you. And that’s OK.

Hey college applicants: Harvard will reject you. And that’s OK.

October 1, 2018 | Ron French

High school seniors (and their parents) are too stressed about getting into top universities. But acceptance into the “right” school matters less than what  students do on campus, says New York Times author Frank Bruni.

Got a beef with Michigan’s social studies standards? Help rewrite them

Got a beef with Michigan’s social studies standards? Help rewrite them

October 1, 2018 | Ron French

The Michigan Department of Education is asking for volunteers to figure out how controversial proposed changes to the state’s social studies standards should be changed, or not.

A final meeting, and Michigan’s social studies standards head for a rewrite

A final meeting, and Michigan’s social studies standards head for a rewrite

September 21, 2018 | Ron French

No gay rights. No Roe v. Wade. No Climate Change. That could change, after the Michigan Department of Education was inundated with complaints about social studies revisions for K-12 students.

Muskegon kids struggle to read. Their superintendent had the same problem.

Muskegon kids struggle to read. Their superintendent had the same problem.

September 17, 2018 | Ron French

Muskegon Superintendent Justin Jennings read at a third-grade level when he entered college. So he knows the challenges schools face as they prepare for Michigan’s third-grade “read or flunk” law.

Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking

Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking

August 29, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt

M-STEP results show 1-in-3 third-graders are not proficient in reading. The bad news extends across grades and subjects, impacting white, black and Hispanic students. What should state do now?

Database: Check out your Michigan school and district M-STEP scores

Database: Check out your Michigan school and district M-STEP scores

August 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French, Chastity Pratt

See how students in your schools performed in reading language arts, math and other subjects this past school year

Yes, you can pay rural Michigan college grads to come home

Yes, you can pay rural Michigan college grads to come home

August 23, 2018 | Ron French

Tired of seeing their best and brightest head to college never to return, three Michigan counties offer to pay up to $15,000 of student debt for grads who come back for jobs. Counties in other states are taking notice.

Rural Michigan begs for workers. A few companies are getting creative.

Rural Michigan begs for workers. A few companies are getting creative.

August 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

With more than 100,000 unfilled jobs statewide, rural manufacturers often lose out in the scramble for skilled trade workers. Can added lures like company daycare, health clinics or cash bonuses turn the tide?

In Jackson, school choice bring new reality: students as fickle customers

In Jackson, school choice bring new reality: students as fickle customers

July 31, 2018 | Ron French

Jackson loses 40 percent of school-age children to other districts and charters. How districts respond illustrates the free-market educational system for Michigan families, and the budgetary challenges districts face.

Where they stand: Michigan candidates for governor on K-12 education

Where they stand: Michigan candidates for governor on K-12 education

July 26, 2018 | Ron French

Perhaps no issue is as important to Michigan’s future as improving the state’s schools and increasing the number of post-secondary graduates. Here’s how the candidates answered questions from Bridge.

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