Government & Politics

Missouri lawmaker asks students to rethink going to Mizzou

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis
Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis

A Missouri lawmaker is urging students to reconsider attending the University of Missouri in Columbia following campus turmoil last year.

Democratic Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis of Ferguson said in a statement Thursday he’s concerned about the welfare of minority students.

His warning follows student demonstrations at the Columbia campus over what protesters saw as administrators’ indifference to racial issues.

Protests culminated with the resignations of the University of Missouri system president and Columbia chancellor.

University of Missouri has since been under national and state scrutiny, including from lawmakers calling for change.

Curtis, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus, slammed legislation to create a commission to review the system. He says there is no requirement that members will be diverse and no penalties if recommendations for change are not followed.

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