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.
The game in East Lansing on Sept. 12 was against the University of Oregon, and started at 8 p.m. Later-starting games frequently mean more alcohol-related problems, because students have longer to party before kickoff.
Universities are spending millions to curb dangerous drinking. Yet blackout partying persists in a puke-and-rally culture. Bridge investigates what works, and what doesn’t, in the ongoing battle to keep college students safe.
When the subject of campus drinking comes up, university officials at schools all over Michigan make sure to point out that thousands of students on their campuses don’t drink at all.
What's the best way to help students make decisions about post-secondary education and careers? And who should provide career navigation and guidance? What do the experts say? Join us October 5 and add your voice to this important discussion.
Our students deserve better counseling to prepare for life after high school, whether they are pursuing a college degree or career. Residents are keen on requiring school counselors to receive training in college and career advice.
Residents say additional training, apprenticeship and internship programs will give young and older workers a boost.
Michigan residents believe strongly that students need a college degree or job training after high school to succeed. Yet the high cost of college has many questioning whether the loan debt is worth it.
Michigan residents are intrigued by initiatives to earn free college credit and shave debt burden.
It’s back to work for Michigan’s Legislature. A Bridge guide to the biggest issues lawmakers are likely to face this fall
A Michigan policy allowing families to pick a school outside their home district for their kids to attend is wildly popular. But a first-of-its-kind study raises questions about who it helps – and who it might be hurting.
Free, online prep and fee waivers should help relieve anxiety over Michigan’s new college admission test
Through focused early literacy efforts, the West Ottawa School District is taking children with little to no English-language skills and preparing them to compete with white, more affluent peers.
Waukazoo Elementary draws students from affluent lake homes. Pine Creek kids come from Holland’s poorest neighborhoods. In ways large and small, Waukazoo kids benefit from their families’ extra income.
Ten years after the launch of the nationally lauded program, researchers can say for the first time that the money was well spent, with many more Kalamazoo students earning college degrees than would have without the scholarship.
Make college cheap enough, and more people graduate. Who knew?
A blunt new report lists ways to fix Michigan schools. Will anyone listen?
A test result is a snapshot, and in Dearborn, one elementary school came out with a surprisingly better portrait than another in the critical milestone of third-grade reading. Why? Nobody seems to know.
Why do some low-income elementary schools in Grand Rapids perform better than others? Educators in Grand Rapids say that ranking formulas often do not reflect critical differences between seemingly similar schools.
The state is in the midst of yet another fix for Detroit’s troubled schools. So this spring, Bridge spent time in William Weir’s social studies classroom to get a sense for what works, and what doesn’t, for one Detroit teacher.