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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Texas debates mandatory heart testing for high school athletes

Health
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/12/15, 11:43 am

Texas lawmakers are pushing their state to become the first in the nation to require public high school athletes to undergo annual electrocardiogram (ECG) testing. Neither the American Heart Association nor the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends ECGs for routine physicals, but advocates of the legislation say it could save the lives of students like Cody Stephens.

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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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