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.

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

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.

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

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

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Special Education searchable list

Special education varies by district Type in the name of your school district or charter school, and see the percentage of students with Individualized Education Programs overall, plus the percentage of students in special education by gender and race. Data shows both […]

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Picking a college? How about 10?

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

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Interactive graphic: See college acceptance rates at YOUR school

Deadlines are approaching, and most Michigan colleges and universities are getting more and more applications for enrollment, even though the number of high school seniors in the state is decreasing. That’s because students are applying to more schools than they used to, […]

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What’s cooking in lame duck:

Teacher evaluation bills aim to improve performance

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.

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Sexual misconduct on campus:

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

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.

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Sexual misconduct on campus:

Two U-M sexual assault cases, little satisfaction

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.

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See sexual assault reports for 41 Michigan colleges and universities

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

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What’s cooking in lame duck:

Training school counselors to give college advice

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?

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Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

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

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Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

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

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State education board urges Legislature to transform how schools are funded

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.

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State schools chief: Michigan is 10 years behind leading states

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.

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Smartest kids: What Michigan schools can learn from leading states

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

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Smartest kids: Four school advocates raise their hands

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

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National education leader: Business must lead fight in Michigan

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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Teachers need smaller classes, time to collaborate and meaningful training to make a difference

American education reforms of the past decade have not worked. Student achievement is not appreciably improving. Frequent high stakes testing allows less time to actually teach; teachers are evaluated on student test scores for things they were never told to teach; and […]

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