The US Department of Education has announced its annual back-to-school bus tour. The Secretary of Education and staff will be in Arizona on Wednesday, September 11th and Thursday, September 12th. Below is a detailed agenda for these two days.
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Secretary Duncan will hold events in Tucson and Tempe, Ariz. on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Secretary Duncan, joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, will start the day at Tucson Unified School District Bus Depot to discuss how school bus drivers are on the front lines of school safety efforts as students begin and end their day. Then Secretaries Duncan and Foxx will go on a school bus ride-along to Dodge Traditional Magnet School.
Bus Depot, 2025 E. Winsett, Tucson, Ariz.
Secretaries Duncan and Foxx will visit with students and teachers at Dodge Traditional Magnet School and participate in a service project to highlight the importance of citizenship and strengthening communities.
Duncan and Foxx will hold a press availability when they arrive at the school.
Dodge Traditional Magnet Middle School, 5831 E. Pima St., Tucson, Ariz.
Secretary Duncan will visit Sunnyside High School to see how technology is being used to empower educators and engage students. He will talk about the administration’s ConnectED initiative to ensure all schools have access to high-speed Internet in the classroom.
Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Rd., Tucson, Ariz.
Secretary Duncan will attend a community town hall at Arizona State University where he will discuss college affordability and how to increase the Hispanic community’s educational opportunities—ultimately strengthening our nation’s education system.
Arizona State University, Carson, Ball Room, Old Main, 425 East University Drive, Tempe, Ariz.
Secretary Duncan will visit the “Healing Field” Memorial in Tempe, Ariz., to honor victims and first-responders of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Tempe Beach Park, 80 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Ariz.
Thursday, Sept. 12
Secretary Duncan will visit Phoenix, Scottsdale and Yuma to discuss the importance of high-quality preschool, strengthening tribal education, providing community service and supporting military-connected children.
Secretary Duncan will tour the Bret Tarver Education Complex in Phoenix, where he will visit classrooms and hold a town hall on the critical importance of quality early learning programs. Bret Tarver is public preschool serving more than 200 predominately Hispanic students.
Bret Tarver Education Complex – 3101 West McDowell, Phoenix, Ariz.
Secretary Duncan and William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, and other senior Department officials will travel to Scottsdale where they will consult with tribal leaders on the federal role in strengthening tribal education. During the discussion, the Secretary will reiterate his position that we must continue to work on improving tribal education at all points along the education pipeline.
Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River Hotel – 5201 N Pima Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Secretary Duncan will travel to Yuma, where he will visit a food bank and thank the volunteers and commend their work to strengthen their communities.
Yuma Community Food Bank – 2404 E 24th Street, Yuma
Secretary Duncan will visit the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station to talk to military leaders, service members and military parents about the nation’s commitment to supporting military connected students and their families. The Department has adopted recommendations from the “Strengthening Our Military Families: Meeting America’s Commitment” initiative, such as giving military families priority for discretionary grants. **Please send your RSVP to Zachary.firstname.lastname@example.org and arrive no later than 4:00 p.m.
Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, On-base Chapel, Building 1177 – MCAS Yuma, Yuma, Ariz.
Information about the bus tour can be accessed at: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/08/cities-announced-2013-back-to-school-bus-tour/