State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is hosting a task force on urban education on Tuesday.

The task force will be part of a tour at 10 .m. at JI Case High School, 7345 Washington Ave. in Racine and  at 11:30 a.m. at Southport Elementary School, 723 76th St. in Kenosha.

The public is invited, but required to RSVP to Rep. Rodriguez’s office (608) 266-0610, so an exact head count can be provided to the districts.

Vos formed the Task Force on Urban Education in August to “provide tangible solutions to help improve educational outcomes.” Meanwhile they are expected to look at: “recruitment and retention, discuss best practices to address truancy, below-average academic performance and low graduation rates, and explore ways to improve access to technology in high poverty urban areas.”

A public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Student Center, University Ballroom A, 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.

Member of Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education

Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), Chair
Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), Vice Chair
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin)
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac)
Rep. Thomas Weatherston (R-Caledonia)
Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma)
Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha)
Rep. Dave Heaton (R-Wausau)
Rep. John Macco (R-Ledgeview)
Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee)
Rep. Jill Billings (D-LaCrosse)
Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay)
Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee)

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.