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Christine Dahnke

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Christine Dahnke


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate School
American University

Office of Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez

Rep. Jeff Sánchez

Stephanie Hirsch, Consultant and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

Description of Fellowship
Christine spent her summer partnering with State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez and his team as they sought passage of the LOOK (Language Opportunity for Our Kids) legislation. This bill, which passed in the House in June and the Senate in late July, will codify important changes for how English Learners (ELs) are served in the schools and districts across the Commonwealth. It proposes to amend Massachusetts’ public school policy by providing additional flexibility for districts to select the most appropriate, high-quality, research-based English Language programs for the students they serve. While on Beacon Hill, Christine provided practitioner insight, researched and reported on impactful qualitative and quantitative data, and interviewed various stakeholders in order to further efforts for collective action and encourage the bill’s passage.