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 school diplomas cancel last regrets for some WWII vets

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/16/13, 04:15 pm

A World War II veteran received his high school diploma this month more than seven decades after he left school to join the Navy. 

“The only thing I regret is that I never went to 12th grade,” said Leonard Puma, 88, who now lives in McKeesport, Pa. At the time he avoided graduation because he was embarrassed he couldn’t afford a $9 suit for the ceremony.

“He never shared this with anyone,” said his daughter, Lisa Puma, of Alexandria, Va. “It always bothered him that he never received it.”

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Associated Press/Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack

Jindal to Obama: Come see the successful voucher program you're trying to kill

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/14/13, 10:02 am

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is inviting President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to check out his state’s school voucher program firsthand, saying a visit would make them reconsider the administration’s lawsuit against the program. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Scott Roberson/The Daily Journal

LA schools didn't do iPad homework

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/03/13, 09:25 am

Just one week into the Los Angeles Unified School District’s plan to equip all 640,000 of its students with iPads, the district abruptly halted the device rollout after hundreds of students hacked them to access locked features like Facebook and Twitter.

This initial phase of the rollout cost the district $30 million, and is just part one in a plan that will eventually cost $1 billion. District officials expressed admiration for the students’ ingenuity, but critics say they should have seen this problem coming.

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