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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Digital currency getting use in more respectable places

Money
by Laura Edghill
Posted 12/05/13, 03:10 pm

The largest private university on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus said last week it will start accepting the digital currency bitcoin as an alternative way to pay tuition fees.

The University of Nicosia said the move to accept bitcoin is meant to help foreign students in countries where traditional banking transactions are either difficult or costly.

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Assessing NYC's preschool promise

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 12/02/13, 07:05 pm

New York City’s highest earners are set to foot the bill for one of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s signature campaign proposals—increased access to early education programs. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, more than six in ten New York state voters support de Blasio’s plan to fund this and other public education initiatives by raising the city income tax from 3.9 to 4.4 percent on those who make more than $500,000 annually.

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Single-sex schools help inner city boys succeed

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 11/20/13, 04:15 pm

Every morning, the students at the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, N.Y., recite these words: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” The phrase from the Victorian-era poem “Invictus” is an important reminder to one of the Bronx’s most at-risk populations, its young men.

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