Chris Meyer is founder and CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating new, excellent schools for every child in the Achievement Zone – an area of North Baton Rouge where more than 12,000 students currently attend a failing school. He most recently served as Deputy Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District and prior to that, Special Advisor to the Louisiana education superintendent, Paul Pastorek, and Director of Policy for the Department of Education. Chris was a member of the 2008-2009 class of White House Fellows, where he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.
He found his passion for public service as an educator in New Orleans, where he taught high school social studies and coached basketball at John McDonogh High School. Following the flood of New Orleans in 2005, he led over 200 evacuee students to achieve significant academic gains in a neighboring rural parish. Beyond the classroom, Meyer has contributed to numerous public service and policy efforts, including in the White House, United States Congress, Office of the Mayor of New York City, and for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was a Public Service Fellow and he is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and Political Economy.
How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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