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.


Whitmer plan to boost funds for neediest K-12 students hits wall in Lansing

June 7, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova

The Republican-controlled Senate and House leave the Democratic governor’s big school reform effort out of their education budget proposals.

Anguish in Benton Harbor as years of mistakes lead to a school’s likely demise

June 6, 2019 | Ron French, Ted Roelofs

Teachers blame administrators. Administrators blame the board. The board blames the state. Caught in the middle are students saddled with devastatingly low rates of achievement.

Candidate Whitmer: A right to literacy. As Michigan Guv: No need to address.

May 29, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

During the 2018 campaign for governor, Gretchen Whitmer supported a lawsuit to guarantee students’ right to literacy. Now that she’s in office, she is asking a federal appeals court to dismiss the case.

Michigan is investing heavily in early reading. So far, it’s not working.

May 21, 2019 | Ron French

Only three intermediate school districts out of 56 in Michigan are showing increases in third-grade reading. A leading educator asks for patience.

Poll: parents don’t know Michigan's 3rd-grade reading law, love A-to-F school grades

May 20, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova

Parents care about improving Michigan schools. But they aren’t hung up on the “controversies” in Lansing’s education circles, according to a new poll.

Six times more third-graders may flunk next year under Michigan reading law

May 17, 2019 | Ron French

More than 5,000 students may be flagged to repeat third grade under a new law intended to ensure solid reading skills at a key age. That number sounds high, but it could have been far higher.  

Will Michigan 3rd- grade reading law hurt poor? Florida’s history says yes

May 17, 2019 | Ron French

Students from less advantaged families are more likely to be held back under Florida’s third-grade reading law than white, more affluent kids with the same low reading scores. A similar Michigan law begins this fall.

Reader FAQ: Does Michigan Lottery money really go to schools?

May 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Michiganders often express skepticism that state lottery money earmarked for schools actually goes to, you know, schools. Bridge offers insight to the most frequently asked lottery conspiracy theories.

Michigan’s next superintendent led gains in Kalamazoo, fought GOP policies

May 7, 2019 | Ron French

Michael Rice boosted low-income gains and has experience outside Michigan. And he doesn’t shy away from fights, which could lead to fireworks with the Legislature in his new post as the state school chief.

With schools flailing, Michigan seeks new leader from in-state. Again.

May 7, 2019 | Ron French

The three finalists to be Michigan’s next state superintendent are all Michigan connected. And did we mention that in 183 years Michigan has never had a female full-time state superintendent?

Comparing Michigan school superintendent finalists by test scores

May 7, 2019 | Ron French

Three people are finalists to be the next state superintendent. What do the test scores of students under their leadership say about whether they could turn around Michigan’s flailing schools?

Betsy DeVos: Michigan doesn’t have enough school choice

May 6, 2019 | Koby Levin

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says Michigan needs more choice, despite mixed record of charter schools.

One finalist drops out, one added, to be next Michigan school superintendent

May 2, 2019 | Ron French

Boston steals a superintendent finalist from Michigan’s final three list.

Should algebra 2 be required? Michigan legislator says no. Research says yes

May 1, 2019 | Ron French

A bill allowing students to opt out of algebra 2 for other, more practical math classes has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature a month after a study lauded the positive impact of the requirement.

Michigan has 1.6M college dropouts. Debt forgiveness may lure them back.

April 30, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Oakland and Wayne State universities and Henry Ford College are forgiving small debts for onetime students who re-enroll. Early efforts have shown modest success.

Q&A: How Michigan social studies became a ‘pawn in partisan games’

April 24, 2019 | Ron French

The state education official in charge of the five-year odyssey to update school social studies standards is tired of her department being used as a political punching bag

2019 Academic State Champs honors Michigan schools where college is the norm

April 17, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Dearborn schools dominate many of the champs lists, as Bridge Magazine recognizes winners at schools from Grand Rapids to Detroit and the Upper Peninsula

Here are Michigan's Academic State Champs for 2019

April 17, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Take a bow. Here are the most successful high schools in Michigan at sending graduates to college, broken down into four categories. Did your school make the list?

Search Michigan schools to see how they compare in sending grads to college

April 17, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Use this database to search for your Michigan high school and see how it compares in sending graduates to college to others nearby and of similar economic means.

Academic State Champs 2019 - upper income (slideshow)

April 17, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Here are the 2019 Academic State Champs among upper income schools, those with 25 percent or fewer economically disadvantaged students.