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Talent & education

One high school’s miracle revival. And what may kill it.

Hazel Park High’s academic turnaround plan transformed it from one of the state’s worst high schools to one of the best in just two years. Will district finances halt its success?

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Guest commentary

Michigan schools’ march to the bottom requires wholesale reform

Michigan’s African-American and white students are performing dismally compared with their demographic peers across the country. We must adopt bold strategies that are working in leading states.

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The Center for Michigan

Have your voice heard! Just ONE week left for “Getting to Work” Community Conversations

The Center for Michigan’s public engagement team has been traveling the state to facilitate Community Conversations about jobs and workforce development. These discussions will conclude at the end of this month. JOIN IN AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

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Talent & education

Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses make one last stand

In an era where consolidating government and creating “efficiencies” is the mantra, there are 16 one-room schoolhouses still operating across lower Michigan, often in the shadow of larger schools districts. Do they have a future?

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Talent & education

Four siblings, a single classroom

The vast majority of families that pick one-room schools for their children do so through Michigan’s broad school choice law. For Paul and Jeanine Starcher, choosing Verona Mills was a way to keep their quadruplets in one classroom.

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The Center for Michigan

SPRING FUNDRAISING DRIVE: How much is Bridge worth to you?

Support from readers like you will assure Bridge can continue to provide incisive, nonpartisan public-service journalism to Michigan.

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Phil's column

A roads solution for Michigan

Like the aftermath of a sudden spring snowstorm, the ground is blanketed with various proposals to fix Michigan’s roads. And most have something else in common with spring snow: They’re likely to have melted into the ground once the sun comes out.

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