Eva Kemp-Melder

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Louisiana State Director, Democrats for Education Reform

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Eva Kemp-Melder is the Louisiana state director at Democrats for Education Reform. Previously Eva served as education policy advisor to former United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA).

A native of Hammond, Lousiana, Eva graduated from Louisiana State University in 2007 and began teaching fourth grade in Baton Rouge. She also worked as a literacy coach in East Feliciana Parish and ran for school board in Baton Rogue. Later, she served at the Louisiana Department of Education and the Recovery School District working on school turnaround policy, enrollment, desegregation policy and portfolio planning.

After earning a master’s degree in public administration in 2013, Eva moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a legislative assistant in Senator Landrieu’s office. She now lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband Josh.

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Posted June 26, 2015

Katrina+10: Acknowledging Success and the Work Ahead

This week, thousands of school leaders, teachers, advocates and policy-makers gathered in New Orleans for the National Alliance for Public…

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform…

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

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As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

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Posted Dec. 3, 2019

Stop Arguing About ‘Equity’ and Focus on Student Outcomes

There’s a major force in the education world that has attempted to claim ownership over the term “equity.” From tweets questioning the value of literacy…

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