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Press Release for October Leg of House Interim Committee on Education Bus Tour

Missouri House of Representatives

CONTACT:  Rep. Steve Cookson

(573) 751-1066


Interim Education Committee to Resume Listening Tour


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Building on the success of several listening stops in late September, the House Interim Committee on Education will again hit the road for three days of public hearings at the end of October. The committee previously made stops in St. Louis as well as Southeast and Southwest Missouri. The second leg of the tour, which begins October 21, will take the members of the committee to Hannibal, Maryville, Kansas City, Warrensburg and Columbia.


State Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Poplar Bluff, said the first leg of the tour was well-attended by citizens interested in making their voices heard on the primary issues the legislature should consider to improve the state’s system of education. The committee heard testimony on issues ranging from low-achieving schools and school transfers; to early childhood education and Common Core standards. Cookson said he hopes the second leg of the tour will provide additional discussion on these issues as well as on other topics such as increased instructional time, quality educator preparation programs, educator evaluations, virtual schools, and technology.


The topics the committee plans to discuss are:

  • Transfer of Students and a Statewide Plan for Addressing Persistently Low Achieving and

Failing School Districts

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Quality Educator Evaluations and Quality Educator Preparation Programs
  • School calendar and increased hours of instruction, remediation and acceleration
  • Common Core Standards
  • Virtual Schools and Technology in the 21st Century
  • School Safety including bullying, harassment, etc.
  • Parent-Community-School Relationships and Transparency
  • Wrap-Around Services and Community Education
  • College Students’ Perspective on High School Experience
  • Teacher Tenure
  • Extended Learning


“I was extremely pleased with the turnout we had for the September hearings and encouraged by the level of citizen engagement on these important  issues,” said Cookson. “I am hopeful that we will see the same level of participation during the October stops. It is through this kind of dialogue that we will be able to generate policy solutions that will ultimately help our public school

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