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cookson(Jefferson City) – An interim House committee will be hitting the road at the end of September to receive input from Missouri citizens on ways to improve the state’s system of education.

The committee will hold a series of hearings from September 23 to the 25 in St. Louis, as well as Southeast and Southwest Missouri.

State Rep. Steve Cookson, who chairs the committee, said the committee expects an overwhelming response from concerned citizens who will be asked to sign in with an indicated topic of interest they wish to address. Each topic will then be given 15 minutes of discussion that will be divided evenly among individuals who have signed up to testify.

The topics the committee plans to discuss are early childhood education, school safety, and addressing low achieving and failing districts, among other topics.

The for the tour’s September stops is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 23

2 p.m. – Public hearing in St. Charles at St. Charles Community College

7 p.m. – Public hearing in St. Louis at St. Louis Community College – Meramec Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 24

2 p.m. – Public hearing in Cape Girardeau at Southeast Missouri State University

7 p.m. – Public hearing in Poplar Bluff at Three Rivers Community College

Wednesday, Sept. 25

1 p.m. – Public hearing in Branson at the College of the Ozarks

7 p.m. – Public hearing in Joplin at Missouri Southern State University

A Northern Missouri, Kansas City-area and Central-Missouri tour is scheduled for October 21-23, 2013. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding this event in the near future.

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