Laura Edghill

Laura Edghill is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Big Brother goes to school

Education | Facial recognition technology could improve security but comes with disturbing unknowns
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/15/20, 04:51 pm

Some students in upstate New York returned from the holidays to schools equipped with controversial facial recognition software that district officials claim will enhance security. Parents and privacy advocates worry about the myriad potential abuses.

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Missing school

Education | Tackling chronic absenteeism will require schools and faith groups to step up
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/08/20, 04:10 pm

More than 76 million students across the nation returned to school this week following the holidays, and 8 million of them who qualify as chronically absent have already missed at least eight days of school this school year. That translates to more than 50 hours of lost instructional time each student likely won’t recover.

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Year in Review: Heroes and villains

Education | New roles and responsibilities for students, teachers, and parents emerged in 2019
by Laura Edghill
Posted 12/26/19, 01:54 pm

Young men paid the ultimate price to save their classmates from gun violence. Teachers marched through the streets, demanding change. Prosecutors uncovered corruption in the high-stakes world of elite college admissions. Clashes characterized the field of education in 2019. The struggles that students, parents, and educators endured taught them important lessons they can carry into the new year.

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