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Laura McKenna

Education Writer

Over the past thirty years, I've been involved in education as a teacher, a researcher, a professor, a parent, and a writer. In my 20's, I taught kids with multiple disabilities in the South Bronx for several years, before returning to graduate school where I earned a Ph.D. in political science with a speciality in education policy. While in graduate school, I worked as an education policy researcher at the Howard Samuel State Management and Policy Center. Later, I taught political science and education policy classes at Hunter College, Teachers College at Columbia, and Ramapo College.

Now, I'm a writer specializing in the politics of education and education policy. My articles have appeared in Edutopia, the Atlantic, Pacific-Standard, Yahoo! News, Business Insider, and other publications. I have two kids -- one is getting ready for college, the other is a special ed student in middle school.

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  • Special Education

    District 75: ‘The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love’

    A former teacher revisits her roots in New York City’s District 75—a school system composed entirely of kids with severe disabilities.
  • College Readiness

    The First in Their Families, College Bound

    Against the odds, seniors from this New York City school are attending and finishing college.
  • Assessment

    Will Letter Grades Survive?

    A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
  • School Leadership

    Networked: How Today’s Education Leaders Make Decisions

    Rapid changes in technology are pushing school administrators to turn to their peers to solve some of their toughest ed-tech challenges.
  • Parent Partnership

    Parent Stories: When Your First School Choice Isn't the Right One

    Sometimes your child's first school doesn't work out. Four parents share their stories of making a change.

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