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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Newcomers welcome

Education | Specialized programs help immigrant and refugee students assimilate into U.S. schools
by Laura Edghill
Posted 12/04/19, 06:25 pm

Amid hallways decked with international flags, more than 200 children from 21 countries—including Afghanistan, Cuba, and Myanmar (also known as Burma)—chatter in a mix of English and 15 other languages at Valencia Newcomer School in Phoenix. As they make friends and learn about American classroom etiquette, they also pick up vital language skills.

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Major decisions

Education | New data can tell students the value of their degree before they commit to a college
by Laura Edghill
Posted 11/27/19, 05:09 pm

The U.S. Department of Education released an update to its College Scorecard last Wednesday, providing college-bound students data on salary and debt levels for specific majors.

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Beyond the report card

Education | Digging deeper into national standardized test results
by Laura Edghill
Posted 11/13/19, 04:05 pm

A national achievement test shows American fourth and eighth graders falling behind in reading and barely holding steady in math, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, which administers the test, says public schools are making progress with some key student groups even though overall performance is lackluster.

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