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.

Putting a value on young minds

In a year when state legislators are disinclined to spend, a stunning report shows that Michigan can invest now in proven early childhood programs, or spend a great deal more later.

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Only 1-in-10 at-risk children enrolled in parental coaching program

A consensus of research shows home-visitation programs for families with young children improve child development, while saving taxpayers money that would otherwise go to remedial education, incarceration and other costs.

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Michigan struggles to support child care for thousands of children

Michigan has reduced funding for low-income child care by 67 percent since 2007. Research shows that high-quality centers can boost educational performance.

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When is college credit not a credit? Too often, when it’s earned at a community college

For thousands of low-income students, a four-year college degree is only within reach if they start at community college, saving money on tuition. State lawmakers are leaning on colleges and universities to make that process easier by ensuring students’ hard-earned credits transfer with them.

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College costs have doubled, even after inflation, and other frightening facts (Chapter 1)

Think you can still pay for college delivering pizza? Think again. Bridge presents 6 realities facing today’s college student.

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The crazy cost of college, a cultural timeline (Chapter 2)

Hemlines rise and fall, but tuition just goes up.

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Four reasons why Michigan college prices have skyrocketed (Chapter 3)

The state bears blame for the high cost of higher education, but students aren’t blameless, either.

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College costs: 2014

The median U.S. household income in 2014 was $52,781, with families spending 35.9% of their income on public university ($18,943 sticker price, annually) or 80% on private university ($42,419 sticker price, annually). Also in 2014… The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa […]

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College costs: 2010

NEXT: Click here to go to 2014 → Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 2010 was $53,497, with families spending 31.5% of their income on public university ($16,855 sticker price, annually) or 72.5% on private university ($38,799 sticker […]

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College costs: 2005

NEXT: Click here to go to 2010 → Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 2005 was $56,154, with families spending 25.5% of their income on public university ($14,310 sticker price, annually) or 61.5% on private university ($34,549 sticker […]

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College costs: 2000

NEXT: Click here to go to 2005 → Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 2000 was $57,726, with families spending 20% of their income on public university ($11,548 sticker price, annually) or 53.1% on private university ($30,692 sticker […]

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College costs: 1995

NEXT: Click here to go to 2000 → Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 1995 was $52,933, with families spending 20.1% of their income on public university ($10,628 sticker price, annually) or 50% on private university ($26,487 sticker […]

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College costs: 1990

NEXT: Click here to go to 1995 → Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 1990 was $54,235, with families spending 16.6% of their income on public university ($9,030 sticker price, annually) or 44.3% on private university ($24,049 sticker […]

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College costs: 1985

NEXT: Click here to go to 1990 → Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 1985 was $51,963, with families spending 16.1% of their income on public university ($8,427 sticker price, annually) or 37.2% on private university ($19,342 sticker […]

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College costs: 1980

NEXT: Click here to go to 1985 → Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 1980 was $50,881, with families spending 14.9% of their income on public university ($7587 sticker price, annually) or 32.1% on private university ($16,339 sticker […]

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College costs: 1975

NEXT: Click here to go to 1980 → Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 1975 was $51,923, with families spending 14.2% of their income on public university ($7,938 sticker price, annually) or 31.7% on private university $16,475 sticker […]

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A tale of two schools in Michigan’s resort paradise

A rural school district in Cheboygan County and a more affluent one in Harbor Springs underscore the role money can play in student performance.

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Postcard from paradise: Not a book learner, but put a torch in his hands and sparks fly

NEXT POSTCARD: At Coolhouse Labs, a native son incubates startups in Harbor Springs → In certain high school classes, Mike Kibbe might as well have been from the moon. Shakespeare? He makes a whistling sound, pointing to one ear with his forefinger […]

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