George Lucas Educational Foundation

Laura McKenna

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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