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Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Barack Obama’s sister, will speak at a town hall on education tomorrow at Kapiolani Community College.

Soetoro-Ng is a co-founder of Our Public School, one of the event’s sponsors.

She is also a former teacher who has pushed for more community involvement in school improvement.

Soetoro-Ng said the town hall is aimed at mobilizing people across the state to think about how they can improve public education.

"The potential purpose really is to remind the community at large that these are our public schools, that they belong to us," Soetoro-Ng said, adding that it’s key that people start seeing public schools "as central features of our society."

The free event, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at KCC’s cafeteria, is also sponsored by Hawaii Education Matters, Kanu Hawaii and the HE‘E Coalition, with support from the Participant Foundation.

In addition to the governor and Soetoro-Ng, the gathering will feature a panel discussion with educators.

Those interested in attending the event should RSVP by calling 888-6922 or e-mailing May­4th­town­hall@gmail.com.

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