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.

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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Building a better school board

Districts across Michigan struggle to field candidates for school boards. The job can be time consuming, nerve wracking, and is often unpaid. Would proper training for new board members help?




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U.S. Education Secretary criticizes Legislature for inaction on DPS

The failure to come up with more than short-term fixes shows “a lack of concern for people,” says John B. King Jr., who urged a permanent resolution.




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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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