Laura Edghill

Laura 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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Teachers wonder whether to stay or go

Education | Early retirements and resignations could leave schools short-handed
by Laura Edghill
Posted 8/05/20, 04:44 pm

Catherine Good, 58, never dreamed she’d retire from teaching during a global pandemic.

“When the whole COVID thing came up, then it was like, OK, is this really how I want to end?” she said. “Is this the way I want to go out?”

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Pandemic squeezes college athletics

Education | Student athletes face tough decisions as universities cut programs
by Laura Edghill
Posted 7/22/20, 03:58 pm

College athlete Abhimanyu Vannemreddy traveled nearly 9,000 miles from his home just outside Bangalore, India, to South Carolina to play for Winthrop University’s award-winning tennis program. But the Division I school in late June announced it was permanently sidelining its men’s and women’s tennis teams, partially due to budget strains during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Back-to-school pandemic plans emerge

Education | Uncertainty remains the rule as school administrators weigh options for the fall
by Laura Edghill
Posted 7/15/20, 02:51 pm

Mid-July is usually a perfect time for school administrators and teachers to catch up on reading, take a family vacation, or polish mostly finished plans for the fall semester. But a normal summer break is another victim of COVID-19: Education officials nationwide are grappling with plummeting budgets, rapidly changing state and local health protocols, and uncertainty on just about every front. Meanwhile, the clock relentlessly counts down toward the start of the new school year.

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