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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Michigan State quietly settles ‘touching’ case, clearing accused male student

May 24, 2018 | Laura Berman

Hours after two students had sex, the man touched the woman’s breast without asking. He was later disciplined. But the process left both students feeling betrayed by Michigan State University's response.

A Michigan school devoted to innovation. Here’s why others won’t follow.

May 22, 2018 | Ron French

Michigan schools may be flailing, but major reform is tough. Just look at Kent Innovation High.

He loved teaching math in Michigan. Then he quit to manage a Chick-fil-A.

May 17, 2018 | Ron French

What does it say about Michigan schools when working at a fast food restaurant is more appealing – and more profitable – than being a veteran teacher?

Once at rock bottom, this Northern Michigan elementary now produces stars

April 26, 2018 | Ron French

Michigan’s low-income fourth-graders have some of the lowest reading scores in the nation, and few fared worse than students in Cadillac. Four years later, Cadillac fourth-graders are high-flyers. How did they do it?

See how low-income students fare in your Michigan school district

April 26, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Poor children in Michigan struggle compared with more affluent classmates. See how your district is faring in this Bridge school database.

Low-income Grand Rapids preschoolers are catching up. Will Lansing notice?

April 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A pre-K program supported by the Kellogg Foundation is getting 3- and 4-year-olds ready to start kindergarten. Expansion across Michigan would have a steep price tag, but high returns.

Pre-K for all in Oklahoma: Sooner is Better

April 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The state is a pioneer in state-funded early education for 4-year-olds. It’s now reaping the benefits.

On nation’s report card, Michigan students remain in back of class

April 10, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan schools continue to trail most states in academic achievement, floundering in the bottom third of all states, according to the national NAEP test.

How Michigan schools are suffering, shown in 10 slides

April 10, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

A few steps forward, and several back, as Michigan struggles to revive its schools

Hundreds of Michigan schools don’t have a gym teacher. Does yours?

April 3, 2018 | Sam Park, Amanda Rahn

Funding cuts have left 500 schools without physical education. Use this database to see if your school has a gym teacher.

West Michigan leaders join chorus for state education reform

March 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Experts in Grand Rapids offer potential answers for a troubled public school system at the "Michigan Solutions Summit: An Educated Michigan," put on by The Center For Michigan/Bridge Magazine and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Getting past politics to give Michigan the schools it deserves

March 22, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Mike Wilkinson

Education experts from Massachusetts, Tennessee and across Michigan gathered Thursday in Detroit to plot solutions to Michigan’s public school malaise.

We read 12 reports on fixing Michigan schools. Here are 4 things we learned

March 21, 2018 | Ron French

Michigan leaders love to write about our failing education system. Changes, though, are proving tougher.

Got 6 minutes? Highlights of a dozen studies on Michigan schools

March 21, 2018 | Ron French

If you were to lay the pages of these voluminous studies end to end, we’d question your life choices. Bridge offers instead this quickie version of the reports’ findings on how best to reform schools.

Time to row in same direction for schools, says Michigan business group

March 21, 2018 | Ron French

Leading states have figured out a way for education, business and political leaders to work together to improve schools. A new report calls for that same cooperation in Michigan

Which Michigan 3rd-graders will flunk reading? The state has no idea.

March 13, 2018 | Ron French

A new state law requires third-graders to repeat the grade if they are more than a year behind in reading. But the state test doesn’t yield that information.

A Betsy DeVos cheat sheet for next ‘60 Minutes’ interview on Michigan schools

March 12, 2018 | Ron French

The U.S. Education Secretary did not appear to know much about how Michigan schools are performing, despite years fighting for pro-charter and school-of-choice policies. Bridge is here to help.

Michigan spent $80 million to improve early reading. Scores went down.

March 6, 2018 | Ron French

Under a new law, in two years thousands of Michigan's third graders will flunk if they are more than a year behind in reading skills if the state can't turn current trends to the positive. How did this happen? 

See if reading scores are down in your Michigan district

March 6, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine’s reading tool will show whether your child’s district is suffering third-grade reading declines, a trend that could leave plenty of future third graders to repeat the grade.  

Scores in one West Michigan school district typify state’s malaise

March 1, 2018 | Ron French

Allegan Public Schools was among dozens of districts that showed little student growth in a Stanford study. Its story is the story of public education across Michigan.  

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