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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Obama administration abandons college rating system amid opposition

Higher Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 7/07/15, 12:20 pm

President Barack Obama’s promised college rating system is rapidly withering under sustained opposition from universities, consumers, and even lawmakers who typically support the administration’s initiatives. 

Nearly two years ago, Obama announced the bold plan in front of a crowd of 7,000 at the University of Buffalo. He promised that by the 2015-2016 school year, the U.S. Department of Education would produce a robust tool to rate colleges based on graduation statistics, employment prospects, and affordability.

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Court shoots down Kansas' latest answer to school-funding crisis

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 6/30/15, 10:15 am

A district court panel in Kansas ruled Friday that critical components of the state’s new block-grant school funding law violate the state’s constitution. The block-grant law was an attempt by the Kansas legislature to reduce inequalities in school finances and stabilize funding streams to more predictable formulas.

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Taxpayers on the hook for Corinthian Colleges student loan bailout

Higher Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 6/25/15, 03:15 pm

Taxpayers will be on the hook for a massive student loan bailout the federal government is offering students left stranded after the beleaguered for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain abruptly closed its doors in April. The debt-relief plan could cost taxpayers as much as $3.6 billion.

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