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.

How school districts sell funding projects across Michigan

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.

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For inspirational homeless student, graduation day

Ramone Williams completes his journey for a degree from Eastern Michigan University. Now he must find a job.




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Help remains elusive for homeless Michigan college students

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




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State launches investigation into Detroit charter school

In the aftermath of Bridge’s story on the Detroit Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education is checking for certification violations.




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One poor neighborhood, one struggling school

A low-achieving Detroit charter, now run by former city councilwoman Sharon McPhail and administrators with checkered pasts, is the only high school in Brightmoor. Other city neighborhoods face a glut of schools. Can a new commission bring order to Detroit’s chaotic school landscape?




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After Flint, more reason to shut down Mackinac’s Line 5 pipeline

The difference between the Line 5 oil pipeline and Flint is that there has been no disaster involving the pipeline, yet. State officials need to take proactive action to prevent harm before it happens.




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Study: Schools of choice don’t improve test scores

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.




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How many Michigan third-graders should flunk?

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




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

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




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2015 Academic State Champs

Meet the Academic State Champs Bridge Magazine recognizes 44 high schools across the state earning top marks for preparing students for college or career success Interactive database: See how YOUR high school stacks up See the Academic State Champs score – and […]

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

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.

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Meet the 2015 high school Academic State Champs

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

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Interactive database: See how YOUR high school stacks up

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.

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The 44 State Champs

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




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2015 Academic State Champ bumper stickers

Congratulations to all the Academic State Champs! Show your pride with an Academic State Champs bumper sticker: Complete the form below to order your bumper sticker. The form must be filled out completely to receive a bumper sticker. Orders will be accepted […]

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School profile and M-STEP comparison

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Two candidates emerge to run Detroit schools after EM’s exit

Some are questioning whether either Tonya Allen or Charlie Beckham have the education experience necessary to lead the struggling district.




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Settled into U-M’s top job, Mark Schlissel strategizes its future

After 18 months on the job, U-M’s 14th president is seeking ways to make Michigan’s elite institution more diverse, welcoming and valuable to the state.




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