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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Another teacher strike on the way

Education | Los Angeles educators set to walk out next week
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/02/19, 03:04 pm

As students across the country return from Christmas break, those in the nation’s second-largest public school district may have to wait a little longer. Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District plan to go on strike starting Jan. 10—their first walkout in nearly 30 years.

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Parents, teachers at odds over withholding recess as punishment

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/17/16, 08:25 am

Is withholding school recess for disciplinary or academic reasons worth it? Many parents don’t think so and are pressuring their states to require minimum recess time for elementary-aged children.

Withholding recess might mean “minutes on the wall,” where students stand against the school building, forced to watch their peers frolic and play. Or it might mean sitting in the classroom catching up on academic work. In either case, young students miss out on precious minutes of fresh air, unstructured play, and social development. 

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New Orleans charter schools set to return to local control

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/13/16, 02:53 pm

More than a decade after a catastrophic hurricane swept in the largest urban school reform program in U.S. history, Louisiana is poised to return more than 50 New Orleans charter schools to local control.

Sort of.

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