Laura Edghill

Laura is an education correspondent for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Northwestern University graduate and serves as the communications director for her church. Laura resides with her husband and three sons in Clinton Township, Mich. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Parents, teachers at odds over withholding recess as punishment

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/17/16, 08:25 am

Is withholding school recess for disciplinary or academic reasons worth it? Many parents don’t think so and are pressuring their states to require minimum recess time for elementary-aged children.

Withholding recess might mean “minutes on the wall,” where students stand against the school building, forced to watch their peers frolic and play. Or it might mean sitting in the classroom catching up on academic work. In either case, young students miss out on precious minutes of fresh air, unstructured play, and social development. 

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New Orleans charter schools set to return to local control

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/13/16, 02:53 pm

More than a decade after a catastrophic hurricane swept in the largest urban school reform program in U.S. history, Louisiana is poised to return more than 50 New Orleans charter schools to local control.

Sort of.

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School responds to parent protests over busing to religious classes

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/03/16, 03:00 pm

A public school settled out-of-court last week with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois regarding a longstanding practice of busing students an hour early to school for optional religious instruction.

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