U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and senior Department officials will visit states throughout the Southwest for “Strong Start, Bright Future,” the Department’s annual back-to-school bus tour from Monday, Sept. 9, to Friday, Sept. 13. The tour will kick off in New Mexico before heading to Texas, Arizona, and California.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Secretary Duncan will hold events in El Paso, Texas and Columbus, N.M.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Secretary will hold events in Tucson and Tempe, Ariz. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Secretary Duncan will travel to Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Yuma, Ariz., for events. On Friday, Sept. 13, Secretary Duncan will conclude the tour in Chula Vista, Calif., located outside of San Diego.
This is the fourth annual back-to-school bus tour for Secretary Duncan. Last year, the Secretary visited cities across the country. In 2011, the tour covered portions of the Midwest. And in 2010, the back-to-school bus tour included the Delta region in the South and the Northeast.