Department of Education’s Back-to-School Bus Tour Gets Rolling

Starting tomorrow, Secretary Arne Duncan and senior ED staff will travel to the Great Lakes region for a Back-to-School Bus Tour to visit schools, colleges and universities; engage with business and community leaders; and talk with educators. The tour’s theme is “Education and the Economy: Investing in Our Future,” and Secretary Duncan explains in the video below “that education is the economic strategy for the 21st Century.”

Our children will be competing with the rest of the world for the jobs of the future. Your children’s—my children’s—long-term financial security is directly tied to the quality of the public education we provide.

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You can follow the progress of this year’s back-to-school tour by visiting, by following #EDTour11 on Twitter and by signing up for email updates from the Department of Education.