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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Ballot boxes expelled from public schools

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/21/14, 03:30 pm

As security concerns rise in the wake of school shootings, some schools are no longer willing to serve as official polling places during elections.

Among them is the Glen Ridge School District, a quiet, affluent community less than 20 miles from Manhattan where the Linden Avenue and Forest Avenue Elementary Schools are now closed to elections.

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Test-weary Chinese students seek refuge in America

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/13/14, 02:20 pm

Shanghai ninth-grader Li Sixin spends more than three hours on homework each night and takes tutorials in math, physics, and chemistry on the weekends. When she took an international exam in 2012 given to half a million students worldwide, Li breezed through it.

“I felt the test was just easy,” she said.

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Homeschoolers defeat invasive proposal in Ohio

Homeschooling
by Laura Edghill
Posted 12/20/13, 04:35 pm

A proposed law in Ohio that would have subjected all homeschooling families to government inspections is being withdrawn in response to a groundswell of public pressure, according to a Columbus TV report.

The bill, which was introduced last week in the Ohio Senate, was in direct response to the tragic death of 14-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Foltz-Tedesco in January 2013.

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