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 board’s report cites the recent Bridge series, “The smartest kids in the nation,” which chronicled how other states saw gains when they targeted funds to the schools that needed help most.
Superintendent Mike Flanagan tells Bridge he is baffled by Michigan’s poor scores on national tests, has been slow to act on key reforms, and may have stayed in his job too long.
Students from Minnesota to Florida are learning more. Is Michigan ready to do something about it?
We asked four fierce, very different education advocates how to improve Michigan schools. They hit on many reforms successfully used in leading states.
Bridge sat down with Kati Haycock, founder of the Education Trust in Washington, D.C., to talk about reversing Michigan’s decline and what schools can do for low-income kids when parents aren’t in the game.
Tough standards, targeted funding and a difficult test that every student must pass have elevated Massachusetts to the top of the class.
Charters in the Bay State are fulfilling the promise of bringing innovation and performance to public education. The state keeps a tight rein on who can open charters and sets high standards for schools to remain open.
Use our interactive graphs to compare Michigan and Massachusetts across a wide range of test scores.
Emphasis on literacy and testing to monitor progress are credited with a rise in student learning in Florida, particularly for low-income and minority students. But some ask, how much is too much?
Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.
Despite sunny promises, most community college students are shunning careers in manufacturing, technical and skilled trades, leaving Michigan employers and the colleges themselves bewildered.
Struggling students and falling enrollment are presenting challenges to Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Their leaders are aiming to reverse fortunates with innovative job programs.
Minnesota traces its elite status to tough academic standards, the nation’s most extensive early childhood education program and higher investment in low-income schools.
A perennial bottom dweller in academic rankings, Tennessee has sprinted to respectability by demanding more of teachers and students and giving them the tools to succeed.