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.


Detroit charter school profiled by Bridge fined $144,000 by state

August 4, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

A school run by former Detroit city councilwoman Sharon McPhail is fined after a Bridge investigation revealed she is unlicensed

State education proposal would add $1.4 billion to school budget

July 12, 2016 | Ron French

Tripping over its own good intentions, a long-awaited study calculating the cost of a good education may be undone by its high price, timid promises and puzzling methodology

Bridge database: How your school district gains (or doesn't) under funding proposal

July 12, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Some school districts would receive tens of millions in additional funding, while many others are already overfunded

The 3 biggest head-scratchers in Michigan education cost study

July 12, 2016 | Ron French

The report was supposed to be a big win for education reformers. But holes in the study may undermine efforts to increase school spending

Asleep at the desk: How school begins for many Michigan teens

May 31, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

It may be the the simplest way to improve academic achievement. But starting school later in the morning is a surprisingly tough sell

What happened when one Minnesota school district let high schoolers sleep in

May 31, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

An hour delay paid off in achievement and attendance. So why aren’t more schools following that lead

Building a better school board

May 19, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Districts across Michigan struggle to field candidates for school boards. The job can be time consuming, nerve wracking, and is often unpaid. Would proper training for new board members help?

How school districts sell funding projects across Michigan

April 28, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

On Tuesday, residents in more than two dozen districts will vote on whether to pay for construction, technology or other projects. If history holds, half will fail. Here’s what successful Michigan districts do right.

Help remains elusive for homeless Michigan college students

April 26, 2016 | Ron French

Michigan’s patchwork system of support misses the state’s most vulnerable young people

Study: Schools of choice don't improve test scores

April 7, 2016 | Ron French

Almost 100,000 students enroll in public schools outside their neighborhood school districts through Michigan’s popular school-of-choice policy. On average, they are learning no more than if they’d stayed in their neighborhood school, a study finds

How many Michigan third-graders should flunk?

March 31, 2016 | Ron French

Legislators agree that struggling young readers need more help. But what should we do with kids who still can’t read

A Bridge Q-and-A with Detroit’s Big 3 education chiefs

March 31, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

It’s a high-powered trio presiding over huge changes for Detroit’s public school system. Judge Steven Rhodes, interim Supt. Alycia Meriweather and EAA chief Veronica Conforme reveal their priorities in the push to finally fix city schools

Detroit’s school crisis is a century in the making

February 25, 2016 | Dr. Joyce Baugh

The lawmakers charged with repairing the damage to the city’s schools should know it has roots that go back to the 19th century – even before the Civil War

Academic State Champs: How to make sense of your school’s M-STEP scores

February 11, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Last year, Michigan replaced its longstanding MEAP standardized test with a new assessment aligned with the Common Core. Bridge’s Academic State Champs analysis allows you to compare your school with peer schools across the state.

Meet the 2015 high school Academic State Champs

February 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine recognizes 44 high schools across the state earning top marks for preparing students for college or career succes

Interactive database: See how YOUR high school stacks up

February 9, 2016 | Bridge Staff

See the Academic State Champs score – and key test scores and demographics – for your local high school. Use our tool to see how your high school stacks up against other schools in your area and across the state.

The 44 State Champs

February 9, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Here are the high schools across Michigan that best exceeded expectations in 2015