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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Students scramble to pass GED before changes take effect

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 11/18/13, 02:45 pm

Americans are rushing to finish the GED test before a new version rolls out in January and their previous scores are wiped out. About 1 million people could be affected.

“We don't want anyone to be caught off-guard and come in and test in January or February thinking they have their old scores, and they have to start over,” said Pam Blundell, who oversees adult education for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She said Oklahoma test sites have added additional test days and referred students to other sites.

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Plugging the school to prison pipeline

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 11/06/13, 03:15 pm

A school district in Florida, law enforcement, and the NAACP have reached a deal intended to reduce student arrests for minor offenses. The agreement aims to cut down on the “school-to-prison” pipeline, which civil rights groups and others say often disproportionately affects minority students.

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Military families enlist in homeschool education

Homeschooling
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/31/13, 10:30 am

A growing number of military parents are tired of switching schools for their kids with every move. Instead, they are embracing homeschooling and increasingly finding support on base in the form of resources and homeschooling co-ops.

“If there’s a military installation, there’s very likely homeschoolers there if you look,” said 31-year-old Nicole McGhee, a mother of three who runs a Facebook page for military homeschooling parents. McGhee’s husband is stationed at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg. 

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