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Shannon Hodge

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Shannon Hodge


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 Education School

Undergraduate School
Harvard University

Tom Keane, Boston Herald and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

City of Boston Public Schools

Valerie Edwards, Director, Office of Strategic Planning

Description of Fellowship
Shannon Hodge wrote a case study for the Strategic Planning Team of the Boston Public Schools analyzing the district’s current efforts to engage the public in policy decision-making related to student assignment. Ms. Hodge attended a community forum; researched the history and present of student assignment in Boston; and interviewed key players in the review process — including the superintendent, a representative from the mayor’s office, school department personnel, education advocates, and community task force members. The interviews provided a variety of views on a number of challenges related to engaging the public, especially negotiating public mistrust of the school system, the intricacies of education and transportation policy, and the difficulty of the work of connecting the public to the decision-making process. By documenting this experience, she provided a resource for future-public engagement efforts by the Boston Public Schools.