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Kettering University president: College is ‘increasingly not relevant’

Robert McMahan says universities must change, or companies are going to stop buying what they’re selling. Kettering graduates produce the highest return on financial investment of any Michigan university. → Read More

Kettering University president: College is ‘increasingly not relevant’

Robert McMahan says universities must change, or companies are going to stop buying what they’re selling. Kettering graduates produce the highest return on financial investment of any Michigan university. → Read More

Frustrated by teacher shortages, Michigan teachers offer their solutions

Want to solve Michigan’s teacher shortage? A new report skips policymakers and asks the state’s teachers what they would do. More class support and financial incentives to new teachers would help, they say. → Read More

Frustrated by teacher shortages, Michigan educators offer their solutions

Want to solve Michigan’s teacher shortage? A new report skips policymakers and asks the state’s teachers what they would do. More class support and financial incentives to new teachers would help, they say. → Read More

Preschoolers, older college students win in Whitmer education budget

Michigan’s governor proposes a big move toward universal pre-K and free training and college for adults in a budget that includes the biggest school aid increase in 20 years. State university funding? Meh. → Read More

Michigan schools revolt: We won’t flunk struggling third-grade readers

In what amounts to a mutiny against Michigan’s “read-or-flunk” law, school districts around the state tell Bridge they don’t plan to make students repeat third grade because of poor reading scores. → Read More

Gov. Whitmer launching effort to undercut Michigan’s third-grade reading law

An estimated 5,000 students could be flagged to repeat third grade because of low reading scores. In her State of the State address, Whitmer will unveil a plan designed to help parents get around the Republican-backed law. → Read More

Students drinking less at MSU and U-M, but still more than national average

Fewer college students are binge drinking at Michigan’s two Big Ten universities. One possible reason: campaigns to correct students’ “Animal House” perceptions of their school’s drinking culture. → Read More

University of Michigan provost accused of sexual misconduct

Several people have made sexual misconduct allegations against Martin Philbert, a longtime fixture in Ann Arbor and former dean of U-M’s School of Public Health. → Read More

Mike Shirkey: I’m open to changing Michigan’s third-grade reading law

Hearing concerns from educators, Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader says he’s considering changes to the law that could flunk 5,000 third-graders in May. → Read More

15,000 Michigan kids take two years of kindergarten. Is Lansing listening?

More families, most of them white and more affluent, are enrolling children in two years of kindergarten, saving child-care costs and giving schools more state money. In effect, parents are stepping in when Lansing won’t. → Read More

Michigan expanded preschool funding. Reading scores show it works.

The good news: Low- and moderate-income 4-year-olds who enroll in the Great Start Readiness Program become better readers than those who don’t. The bad news? One-in-three qualified kids still aren’t enrolled. → Read More

Michigan schools are now average. That’s progress.

The NAEP test, known as “the nation’s report card,” shows that state students are treading water on test results, as other states’ scores are going down. As a result, Michigan has risen to middle-of-the-pack status. → Read More

Fewer Michigan college students want to be teachers. That’s a problem.

Declining enrollment in teacher prep programs means bigger teacher shortages, which leads to more uncertified teachers leading Michigan classrooms. → Read More

Fewer students, tepid state funding roil Michigan public universities

Meager funding, lower birth rates and a skeptical public are forcing several Michigan universities to adjust to a world with fewer degree options, larger classes and tighter budgets. → Read More

Majority of Michigan public schools started school year short on teachers

A survey of superintendents confirms a teacher shortage forcing schools to turn to less-qualified long-term substitutes. → Read More

Michigan GOP budget contains 7 big surprises for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Tucked inside the $59.9 billion budget, Michigan legislators have proposed big cuts to the Department of Education unless it creates A-F school grades, shifts money for redistricting and requires the construction of a controversial psychiatric facility in Caro. → Read More

Michigan school budget with small funding increase heads to Whitmer

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer left out of negotiations as legislators boost budget for state $15.2 billion. The budget doubles the number of literacy coaches, but critics say the funding isn’t enough to improve test scores. → Read More

Michigan GOP proposes 0.9% funding boost for colleges and universities

Most universities and community colleges wouldn’t get enough of a funding hike to cover inflation under the latest budget plan in the Michigan Legislature. That’s frustrating for a state already ranked 44th in the nation in per-pupil funding of higher education. → Read More

Michigan schools would get 2.4 percent hike in GOP budget plan

Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on the promise to improve Michigan’s struggling public schools, didn’t get as much as she wanted in next year’s state education budget. → Read More