Laura Edghill

Laura is an education correspondent for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Northwestern University graduate and serves as the communications director for her church. Laura resides with her husband and three sons in Clinton Township, Mich. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Cities offer public boarding school to teens from troubled homes

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/05/15, 10:17 am

Leaders in Buffalo’s chronically struggling school system are considering launching a publicly funded boarding school. The proposal aims to combat the problems many of the city’s students face outside of school that dramatically impact their success such as poverty, domestic instability, transient living arrangements, lack of proper nutrition, and truancy.

“We have teachers and union leaders telling us, ‘The problem is with the homes; these kids are in dysfunctional homes,’” said Buffalo school-board member Carl Paladino.

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Universal school breakfast programs give parents and teachers heartburn

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 4/21/15, 02:33 pm

Schools nationwide are serving more breakfasts than ever, and many have adopted policies offering all students the meal, regardless of their income level or interest.

Advocates contend that by serving everyone, students who qualify for free and reduced meals quietly enjoy their meals in anonymity alongside their peers. Critics argue the programs waste taxpayer dollars and food, and take up valuable instructional time.

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Controversial California sex-ed class spurs parental rights law

Sex Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 4/15/15, 03:58 pm

A controversial sex-education program at a California high school has provoked state lawmakers into proposing legislation that would increase parental rights over the content their students are exposed to.

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