Isabel Lohman, Bridge Magazine

Isabel Lohman

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Columbia, MO, United States

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Past articles by Isabel:

Michigan may dump its A-F school quality ranking system

Democrats move to eliminate a school quality ranking system that they claim is redundant. Supporters say the system offers parents a different lens to see how schools are performing. → Read More

From the gunfire at MSU, an emerging class of determined gun activists

In the month since a terrifying mass shooting, a loose collection of MSU students has emerged to organize sit-downs, pressure lawmakers, tend to classmates and demand that school officials create a safer campus for those who follow. → Read More

Wayne State launches free tuition program to lower-income students

Wayne State University is launching a program to make tuition and fees free for students whose families earn less than $70,000 a year. It’s possible because of a new state scholarship program. → Read More

Inflation relief checks v. income tax cuts. What saves you more in Michigan?

A proposed $180 rebate for tax filers isn’t happening, but an income tax that will save people more money in the long run is looming. When will you realize savings? It depends. → Read More

MSU shooting victim’s mom testifies for gun safety laws

Some committee and audience members cried as the mother of MSU student Troy Forbush testified Wednesday about rushing to her son after he was shot during the Feb. 13 mass shooting. She urged lawmakers to pass gun safety laws. → Read More

Should Michigan schools teach cursive? Some say yes.

A Democrat-sponsored bill would encourage the Michigan Department of Education to develop or adopt cursive programs and “strongly encourage” schools to teach cursive. → Read More

Michigan State shooting victims: Two more students released from hospital

Sparrow Hospital provided an update Friday on the status of students injured in the Feb. 13 mass shooting on the Michigan State University campus. → Read More

Classroom locks, active intruder training promised after MSU shootings

Interim President Teresa Woodruff announced a series of future security upgrades on Wednesday that range from restricting public access to buildings to school-wide training sessions following a deadly mass shooting Feb. 13. → Read More

‘We’re so angry.’ MSU students urge gun safety at Lansing hearing

Two weeks after a mass shooting at Michigan State University, state lawmakers began mulling gun safety measures including universal background checks, safe storage and ‘red flag’ laws → Read More

MSU shooting: fourth victim identified, discharged from hospital

Troy Forbush of Okemos publicly identified himself as one of the five MSU students critically injured in a mass shooting on the East Lansing campus two weeks ago. He is the first of the five to be released from the hospital, according to his Facebook page. → Read More

Michigan student loan forgiveness: What to know as Supreme Court steps in

The high court will hear oral arguments Tuesday on challenges to President Biden’s loan forgiveness program, which aims to cancel up to $20,000 in college debt for individual students. Critics say Biden went beyond his executive authority. → Read More

Michigan State shooting: third victim identified, in critical condition

Nate Statly is a 2020 graduate of Hartland Community Schools in Livingston County. He remains in critical condition. → Read More

MSU returns to class with unease, determination and more empty seats

MSU students described their return to class Monday as anything but normal, yet many called it a necessary step in the long road back to normalcy. Some professors eased students slowly back into academic life, while others proceeded without change. → Read More

Michigan State weighs security plan after rampage. Here are some options

MSU is conducting a security review over the coming months. It’s a debate that seeks to balance the openness of a large, public university with keeping students and staff safe. Here is how other colleges have tried to protect students. → Read More

Michigan State students have thoughts on whether class Monday is too soon

MSU is set to resume classes Monday, a week after a deadly mass shooting. The student paper’s editorial board says that’s too soon, but not all students agree. And many students say they want more detail on what added security steps MSU will be taking. → Read More

On Michigan State campus, fragile emotions and a fierce desire for support

Students say they are still processing the terror of Monday. One said she feels like she can never again walk comfortably without looking over her shoulder. Experts say most students will show resilience, but want students and those who love them to monitor their progress. → Read More

Thousands mourn at Michigan State vigil: ‘Those kids didn’t have to die.’

A massive crowd turns out to honor the dead and pray for change after a gunman kills three and critically injures five. ‘I’m tired of people dying for no reason,’ one says → Read More

Michigan State University Student: My story shows what MSU still doesn’t get about sexual assault

Michigan State University senior Miranda Dunlap wrote a column this week in the student paper about her own painful experience reporting sexual assault to the school. In a Q and A, she tells Bridge how the school can improve the process. → Read More

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pitches 9 percent boost in Michigan school spending

The Democratic governor now has a Democratic Legislature and a giant budget surplus to pursue education priorities, including individualized tutoring, universal pre-school and other progressive policies. → Read More

What is Michigan’s free pre-K program for 4-year-olds? Q+A with an expert

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to expand the state’s free preschool program to all 4-year-olds, regardless of income. An MSU researcher who studies the Great Start Readiness Program explains what makes it work. → Read More