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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Teachers unions battle school choice

Education | West Virginia educators threaten to strike again over charter schools, vouchers proposals
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/06/19, 03:53 pm

West Virginia teachers are threatening to strike again in opposition to school choice proposals included in legislation to give them a promised pay raise. A nine-day strike in February 2018 ended with a 5 percent pay raise for teachers and some other public employees. Republican Gov. Jim Justice promised an additional 5 percent in October, but the legislation to do so includes reforms the teachers unions oppose.

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Christian schools ‘exposed’ as caring, supportive

Education | The Twitter protest #ExposeChristianSchools backfires
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/30/19, 03:26 pm

A New York Times reporter’s effort to collect stories of students’ negative experiences at Christian schools backfired last week. On Jan. 24, Dan Levin tweeted, “I’m a New York Times reporter writing about #exposechristianschools. Are you in your 20s or younger who went to a Christian school? I’d like to hear about your experience and its impact on your life. Please DM me.”

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Restorative justice in the classroom

Education | A study to reduce out-of-school suspension gets mixed results
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/23/19, 04:36 pm

Pittsburgh Public Schools reduced suspensions but reported troubling racial disparities in test scores following the recent implementation of a sweeping restorative justice initiative. A study of the program by the Rand Corporation, funded by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, found that “proactively improving relationships among students and staff and building a sense of community in classrooms and schools may make students less inclined to misbehave.”

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