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.
Poor children in Michigan struggle compared with more affluent classmates. See how your district is faring in this Bridge school database.
A pre-K program supported by the Kellogg Foundation is getting 3- and 4-year-olds ready to start kindergarten. Expansion across Michigan would have a steep price tag, but high returns.
The state is a pioneer in state-funded early education for 4-year-olds. It’s now reaping the benefits.
Michigan schools continue to trail most states in academic achievement, floundering in the bottom third of all states, according to the national NAEP test.
A few steps forward, and several back, as Michigan struggles to revive its schools
Funding cuts have left 500 schools without physical education. Use this database to see if your school has a gym teacher.
Experts in Grand Rapids offer potential answers for a troubled public school system at the "Michigan Solutions Summit: An Educated Michigan," put on by The Center For Michigan/Bridge Magazine and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
Education experts from Massachusetts, Tennessee and across Michigan gathered Thursday in Detroit to plot solutions to Michigan’s public school malaise.
Michigan leaders love to write about our failing education system. Changes, though, are proving tougher.
If you were to lay the pages of these voluminous studies end to end, we’d question your life choices. Bridge offers instead this quickie version of the reports’ findings on how best to reform schools.
Leading states have figured out a way for education, business and political leaders to work together to improve schools. A new report calls for that same cooperation in Michigan
A new state law requires third-graders to repeat the grade if they are more than a year behind in reading. But the state test doesn’t yield that information.
The U.S. Education Secretary did not appear to know much about how Michigan schools are performing, despite years fighting for pro-charter and school-of-choice policies. Bridge is here to help.
Under a new law, in two years thousands of Michigan's third graders will flunk if they are more than a year behind in reading skills if the state can't turn current trends to the positive. How did this happen?
Bridge Magazine’s reading tool will show whether your child’s district is suffering third-grade reading declines, a trend that could leave plenty of future third graders to repeat the grade.
Allegan Public Schools was among dozens of districts that showed little student growth in a Stanford study. Its story is the story of public education across Michigan.
State aims to fill career-tech teaching shortage by recruiting non-teachers with industry experience to the classroom. Can it work?
This year, Bridge honors school districts where students grow the most from third to eighth grade. The new measure comes from groundbreaking research that tips conventional wisdom on its head.
Check out these cool bubble charts that show the interplay between income and achievement in 500 Michigan school districts.
Use this database to search growth from third to eighth grades, and compare districts compare with their neighbors and ones with similar socioeconomics statewide in Michigan.