CHARLESTON - Community leaders and educators along with the public in Southeast Missouri are invited to take part in a town hall meeting with state education officials Tuesday to discuss issues related to the academic achievement gap between white and minority students.
The meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Bowden Civic Center, 700 S. Elm St. in Charleston.
Dr. Charles Brown, assistant commissioner of the Division of Teacher Quality and Urban Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will lead a panel discussion on the theme of "Addressing the Needs of All Students."
A public question-and-answer session will follow.
A similar town hall meeting was held earlier this month in Kansas City.
In January, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education convened a state level "summit meeting" in Jefferson City as part of an effort to gather ideas and opinions about ways of improving academic achievement by all public school students in Missouri.
"There was enormous interest in the January meeting and participants urged us to continue this dialogue in regional meetings," said Brown. "The meetings this month in Kansas City and Charleston are specifically intended to give us more input from urban and rural parents and educators."
Information and suggestions gathered at the town hall meetings will be given to the State Board of Education, which is focusing on ways of reducing the academic achievement gap.