Laura Edghill

Laura 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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NYC mayor reaches out to religious schools to boost free pre-K access

by Laura Edghill
Posted 3/17/15, 10:15 am

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is reaching out to the city’s religious schools in an attempt to create 17,000 additional state-funded spots for full-day pre-Kindergarteners this fall. His proposal would provide the schools with an average of $10,000 per student in state funding, making the pre-K classes tuition-free. But in order to be eligible for the funds, religious schools would be required to limit their religious instruction to a portion of the day, leaving the remaining 6 1/2 hours dedicated to “secular” instruction.

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Despite some closings, small colleges are not doomed yet

Higher Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 3/10/15, 11:46 am

Supporters of a small liberal-arts college unexpectedly rallied on social media last week following the abrupt announcement of the upcoming closure of Sweet Briar College. The college’s trustees voted unanimously to shutter the Virginia institution’s doors at the end of this school year, citing insurmountable financial challenges and declining enrollment.

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High court weighs validity of teacher testimony in child abuse cases

Child Welfare
by Laura Edghill
Posted 3/03/15, 03:50 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday regarding statements children make to teachers and other non-law enforcement agents about abuse they have experienced. Depending on the high court’s ruling, prosecutors of these sensitive cases could face increased restrictions regarding which statements they can introduce in court.

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