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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The first lady's food fight

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 6/04/14, 09:00 am

First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans over their efforts to introduce flexibility to healthy school meal standards, saying any attempt to revise the current guidelines is “unacceptable.”

The standards originated in 2012 and were a major component of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. They were the first major revision to the $11 billion school lunch program in 15 years. The rules require more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and set limits on sodium, sugar, and fat.

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Can free community colleges solve America's education debt crisis?

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 4/09/14, 09:30 am

As states including Tennessee, Oregon, and Mississippi consider providing free community college for students, critics say that such a program could create unfair competition for traditional four-year colleges and actually take money away from students who need it most.

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De Blasio pulls the plug on three charter schools

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 3/19/14, 10:00 am

Earlier this month, newly-inaugurated New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blocked three charter schools from using space inside public school buildings for next school year. The action makes good on a campaign promise de Blasio made to rein in the influence of private education providers. It also reverses the decisions made by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican.

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