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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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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Test-weary Chinese students seek refuge in America

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/13/14, 02:20 pm

Shanghai ninth-grader Li Sixin spends more than three hours on homework each night and takes tutorials in math, physics, and chemistry on the weekends. When she took an international exam in 2012 given to half a million students worldwide, Li breezed through it.

“I felt the test was just easy,” she said.

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