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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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Low-income students seeing huge cost hikes at some Michigan universities

Low-income students seeing huge cost hikes at some Michigan universities

January 6, 2015 | Ron French

Michigan’s most vulnerable students are bearing the brunt of college cost hikes. That’s bad for them ‒ and the state.

College calculator: Don’t believe college sticker prices

College calculator: Don’t believe college sticker prices

January 6, 2015 | Ron French

The net cost for students at Michigan’s public universities can be less than half of sticker price, depending on family income. Use Bridge’s college calculator to determine how much you would pay at the state’s 15 public universities.

Special education rates vary wildly by school district, race, gender and income

Special education rates vary wildly by school district, race, gender and income

December 16, 2014 | Ron French

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.

How parents can negotiate their child’s path through special education

How parents can negotiate their child’s path through special education

December 16, 2014 | Sarah Alvarez

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

Picking a college? How about 10?

Picking a college? How about 10?

December 9, 2014 | Ron French

Michigan universities are buried under an electronic avalanche of applications this month, as high school seniors apply to three, four, maybe a dozen schools.

Teacher evaluation bills aim to improve performance

Teacher evaluation bills aim to improve performance

December 5, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

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.

Changing views on sexual misconduct leave colleges vulnerable, accusers and accused frustrated

Changing views on sexual misconduct leave colleges vulnerable, accusers and accused frustrated

December 4, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

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.

Two U-M sexual assault cases, little satisfaction

Two U-M sexual assault cases, little satisfaction

December 4, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

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.

See sexual assault reports for 41 Michigan colleges and universities

See sexual assault reports for 41 Michigan colleges and universities

December 4, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Bridge compiled data on forcible sexual offense reports at 41 Michigan colleges and universities between 2011 and 2013.

Training school counselors to give college advice

Training school counselors to give college advice

December 2, 2014 | Ron French

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?

Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

December 2, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

The hard-working, selective school in Houghton is quietly filling industry’s need for STEM engineers.

Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

December 2, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

While business and education leaders have sounded the trumpet on the need for more STEM graduates, the field can seem daunting to young students.

State education board urges Legislature to transform how schools are funded

State education board urges Legislature to transform how schools are funded

November 20, 2014 | Ron French

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.

State schools chief: Michigan is 10 years behind leading states

State schools chief: Michigan is 10 years behind leading states

October 21, 2014 | Ron French

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.

Smartest kids: What Michigan schools can learn from leading states

Smartest kids: What Michigan schools can learn from leading states

October 14, 2014 | Chastity Pratt, Ron French

Students from Minnesota to Florida are learning more. Is Michigan ready to do something about it?

Smartest kids: Four school advocates raise their hands

Smartest kids: Four school advocates raise their hands

October 14, 2014 | Bridge Staff

We asked four fierce, very different education advocates how to improve Michigan schools. They hit on many reforms successfully used in leading states.

National education leader: Business must lead fight in Michigan

National education leader: Business must lead fight in Michigan

October 14, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

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.

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