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New Schools for Baton Rouge’s third Education Ecosystem Summit is an opportunity for the Baton Rouge community to join together on behalf of our city’s children. Together–parents, community leaders, and heads of nonprofits and local businesses–will articulate a vision for Baton Rouge education, celebrate the progress made, and recommit to the work ongoing. We will collaborate around solutions to priority challenges in the short term and surface challenges to solve for over the long term. By coming together, we ensure that the solutions we put in place now and in the future are responsive to the needs of students and families.
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Chris Meyer

New Schools for Baton Rouge

A Louisiana native, Chris is an educator who has been involved in local reform efforts in instrumental ways. Chris led the Recovery School District’s Office of Portfolio and served as Special Advisor to State Superintendent Paul Pastorek, where he pioneered efforts to turn around underperforming schools and shaped the legislative and regulatory framework to enable school transformation and charter school expansion. Chris began his career in education with Teach For America in New Orleans, where he taught high school social studies and coached basketball at John McDonogh High School. Following Hurricane Katrina, Chris led over 200 students who had evacuated to achieve significant academic gains.

Chris received his undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Tulane University and his master’s degree from Harvard University.  He was also a member of the 2008-2009 White House Fellowship class, where he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Chris and his wife Alice, a former turnaround charter school principal, have two sons, Benet and Palmer.