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.

School choice producing segregation in districts across the state

More than 300,000 public school students take advantage of the state’s popular school choice program. Whether by chance or design, districts are becoming less diverse.

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Top 10 Michigan school districts impacted by school choice

The state’s school choice policies are making many districts far more segregated. Here are the districts most impacted by school choice.




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Is college still worth the cost? Usually

In spite of rising tuition and loan debt, experts say a college degree still looks like a wise financial investment for most Michigan students, if they choose wisely.

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Little action in Lansing to increase college degrees

A sobering report recommends a half billion dollars to improve college access. Lansing responds with a yawn.




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How other states are getting college dropouts to drop back in

From financial incentives to colleges designed for dropouts, states are finding ways to help residents get their diplomas. Could these programs help Michigan?




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Michigan’s college dropout dilemma

Thousands of adults are just a few classes away from a degree. So why isn’t Michigan, so hungry for skilled workers, doing more to help them finish?




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MAP: College dropout rates by county

Michigan has the highest college dropout rates in the Midwest. See rates in your county.




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Over 28? You’ll get no student aid from Michigan

Obsolete state policies favor financial aid for young students over the older, part-time students who are increasingly filling college campuses.




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Study rips state for higher tuition, lack of support for higher ed

In a report released today, a public policy group says the legislature is underfunding its public universities at a critical time in a transforming economy.




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Differences in demography

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Detroit charter school profiled by Bridge fined $144,000 by state

A school run by former Detroit city councilwoman Sharon McPhail is fined after a Bridge investigation revealed she is unlicensed.




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State education proposal would add $1.4 billion to school budget

Tripping over its own good intentions, a long-awaited study calculating the cost of a good education may be undone by its high price, timid promises and puzzling methodology.




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Bridge database: How your school district gains (or doesn’t) under funding proposal

Some school districts would receive tens of millions in additional funding, while many others are already overfunded.




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The 3 biggest head-scratchers in Michigan education cost study

The report was supposed to be a big win for education reformers. But holes in the study may undermine efforts to increase school spending.




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Asleep at the desk: How school begins for many Michigan teens

It may be the the simplest way to improve academic achievement. But starting school later in the morning is a surprisingly tough sell.




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What happened when one Minnesota school district let high schoolers sleep in

An hour delay paid off in achievement and attendance. So why aren’t more schools following that lead?




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