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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High court weighs validity of teacher testimony in child abuse cases

Child Welfare
by Laura Edghill
Posted 3/03/15, 03:50 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday regarding statements children make to teachers and other non-law enforcement agents about abuse they have experienced. Depending on the high court’s ruling, prosecutors of these sensitive cases could face increased restrictions regarding which statements they can introduce in court.

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Illinois governor sues to protect state workers from 'fair share' union dues

Government
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/24/15, 02:00 pm

February weather across the Midwest may be frigid, but the current stand-off between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s public sector unions has reached the boiling point.

At stake is the newly elected governor’s proposal to end a requirement that Illinois state workers pay union dues regardless of whether or not they wish to join the union. Rauner argues it is past time to end decades of union political leverage and corruption. In his recent State of the State speech, Rauner also named the unions as unwelcome contributors to the state’s budget problems. 

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Are today's students working too hard?

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/19/15, 04:05 pm

Today’s high school seniors party less and study more than their parents did. Most moms and dads might not think that’s a problem, but their kids do. According to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) annual survey of college freshman, students say they’re overworked and stressed out.

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