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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Pigs and chickens save struggling Kansas school

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/19/14, 02:08 pm

The door to a hen house bursts open on a chilly winter day and several Kansas charter school students scramble inside, squealing “Thank you!” to the chickens as they check for eggs and replenish their grain.

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States regroup from Common Core backlash

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/12/14, 05:20 pm

Several states appear to be asking “What’s in a name?” with regard to the national Common Core standards for reading and math in public schools.

In Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order stripping the name “Common Core” from the controversial standards. Florida lawmakers have dropped the name and replaced it with “Florida Standards.” In Iowa, some of the standards are now referred to as “The Iowa Core.”

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Ballot boxes expelled from public schools

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/21/14, 03:30 pm

As security concerns rise in the wake of school shootings, some schools are no longer willing to serve as official polling places during elections.

Among them is the Glen Ridge School District, a quiet, affluent community less than 20 miles from Manhattan where the Linden Avenue and Forest Avenue Elementary Schools are now closed to elections.

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