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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For-profit college collapse could create massive bill for taxpayers

Higher Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/07/15, 03:50 pm

Corinthian Colleges, the beleaguered for-profit chain, has not only shuttered all of its remaining 28 campuses, but has also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Monday’s filing for the troubled company listed $143 million in debt and less than $20 million in assets. The abrupt campus closures left more than 16,000 students in limbo, uncertain of their academic and professional futures.

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Cities offer public boarding school to teens from troubled homes

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/05/15, 10:17 am

Leaders in Buffalo’s chronically struggling school system are considering launching a publicly funded boarding school. The proposal aims to combat the problems many of the city’s students face outside of school that dramatically impact their success such as poverty, domestic instability, transient living arrangements, lack of proper nutrition, and truancy.

“We have teachers and union leaders telling us, ‘The problem is with the homes; these kids are in dysfunctional homes,’” said Buffalo school-board member Carl Paladino.

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Universal school breakfast programs give parents and teachers heartburn

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 4/21/15, 02:33 pm

Schools nationwide are serving more breakfasts than ever, and many have adopted policies offering all students the meal, regardless of their income level or interest.

Advocates contend that by serving everyone, students who qualify for free and reduced meals quietly enjoy their meals in anonymity alongside their peers. Critics argue the programs waste taxpayer dollars and food, and take up valuable instructional time.

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