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.
A Bridge Magazine- Michigan Radio investigation suggests that early education interventions could help many struggling students avoid a special ed designation. See our interactive database showing special education rates in your school district.
All parents of kids with disabilities have a lot to know when it comes to education, leaving parents searching for tips and advice from other parents, special education officials and advocates on how best to get the services they think their child
Michigan universities are buried under an electronic avalanche of applications this month, as high school seniors apply to three, four, maybe a dozen schools.
Bipartisan legislation is intended to better identify areas where teachers are struggling and get them the training and support they need to improve. Historically, nearly all teachers have received high evaluations even though Michigan is among the bottom tier of states on national tests.
The University of Michigan is struggling to balance safety and fairness in responding to reports of sexual assault. But an evolving disciplinary process and new standards of evidence leave many confused. Talk about blurred lines.
In one case, a female student waited four years before her assailant, a U-M football player, was punished. In another, a male student says he was falsely accused, then tarred by an overzealous court at the university.
Bridge compiled data on forcible sexual offense reports at 41 Michigan colleges and universities between 2011 and 2013.
Michigan does not require school counselors to receive training on giving college advice to students. A bill now in the legislature would require such training for counselors entering the field. But with all the focus on road funding, will lawmakers get to it?
The hard-working, selective school in Houghton is quietly filling industry’s need for STEM engineers.
While business and education leaders have sounded the trumpet on the need for more STEM graduates, the field can seem daunting to young students.
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.