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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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law late last week three bills that provide protections for faith-based adoption agencies that don’t want to place children with same-sex couples.

Adoption agencies routinely use discretion when placing children, including evaluating the prospective parents’ marital status, mental and physical health, the presence of additional children in the home, and any history of misdemeanor or felony convictions.

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Nevada students can take state funds to any school they want

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 6/09/15, 12:25 pm

School choice advocates in Nevada gained a sweeping victory last week when the governor signed a law releasing state funding for K-12 students directly to parents. Under the program, families can apply the funds to the public, charter, or private school of their choice. The program makes no distinction between religious and non-religious schools, and even permits the funds to be used for homeschooling.

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The young and the jobless in post-Arab Spring nations face tough odds

Middle East
by Laura Edghill
Posted 6/03/15, 12:38 pm

Millions of young people in the Middle East and North Africa are competing for jobs that are increasingly scarce. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, regional turmoil and instability have left the region’s young workers stranded, with a youth unemployment rate of nearly 30 percent. That’s currently the highest rate worldwide for young workers, according to the International Labor Organization.

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