Laura Schifter is a doctoral candidate in the Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education where she is studying issues in special education. In particular, her research examines patterns and policies related to high school graduation of students with disabilities. Schifter previously worked as a Senior Education and Disability Advisor for George Miller (D-CA) on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, interned with the White House Domestic Policy Council, and served as an education fellow for Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She also taught elementary school in San Francisco. Schifter earned an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College.