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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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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Alzheimer's patients teach medical students to remember compassion

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 3/06/14, 12:08 pm

At age 80, retired Chicago physician and educator Dan Winship is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine—only this time he’s the subject as well as the teacher. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Winship is giving a young medical student a close-up look at a devastating illness affecting millions of patients worldwide.

The two are part of a “buddy” program pairing doctors-to-be with dementia patients. The program was pioneered at Northwestern University and has been adopted at a handful of other medical schools.

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Northwestern football players try end run around NCAA rules with union bid

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/28/14, 03:40 pm

Northwestern University football players are advocating the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recognize them as university employees, which would form the first union for college athletes in U.S. history.

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