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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Jindal to Obama: Come see the successful voucher program you're trying to kill

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/14/13, 10:02 am

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is inviting President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to check out his state’s school voucher program firsthand, saying a visit would make them reconsider the administration’s lawsuit against the program. 

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LA schools didn't do iPad homework

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/03/13, 09:25 am

Just one week into the Los Angeles Unified School District’s plan to equip all 640,000 of its students with iPads, the district abruptly halted the device rollout after hundreds of students hacked them to access locked features like Facebook and Twitter.

This initial phase of the rollout cost the district $30 million, and is just part one in a plan that will eventually cost $1 billion. District officials expressed admiration for the students’ ingenuity, but critics say they should have seen this problem coming.

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Christians aren't exempt from campus speech protections

Free Speech
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/25/13, 04:15 pm

Mary Beth Tinker was just 13 when she spoke out against the Vietnam War by wearing a black armband to her Iowa school in 1965. When the school suspended her, she took her free speech case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Now 61, she’s quit her part-time job as a nurse and is traveling across the country championing free speech in public schools.

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