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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Military families enlist in homeschool education

Homeschooling
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/31/13, 10:30 am

A growing number of military parents are tired of switching schools for their kids with every move. Instead, they are embracing homeschooling and increasingly finding support on base in the form of resources and homeschooling co-ops.

“If there’s a military installation, there’s very likely homeschoolers there if you look,” said 31-year-old Nicole McGhee, a mother of three who runs a Facebook page for military homeschooling parents. McGhee’s husband is stationed at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg. 

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Wisconsin labor reforms still battling opposition in the courts

Politics
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/25/13, 10:00 am

The legal battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s signature collective bargaining legislation continued this week, with a Madison judge ruling restrictions on the practice are unconstitutional. Judge Juan Colas also found state labor relations officials in contempt for enforcing parts of the law’s restrictions he ruled invalid in September 2012.

The rulings mean school districts and municipal employers must resume negotiations with unions that request talks, but unions can’t force employers into binding arbitrations and public worker unions can’t legally go on strike. 

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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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