Final Details of Back-to-School Bus Tour Released

EdTour13_REVWe’re only days away from the start of the Department of Education’s annual back-to-school bus tour. This year’s tour, themed Strong Start, Bright Future, will make stops in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California. Earlier this week we provided details of the first two days of the tour, and below are the remaining stops as we cruise through the Southwest.

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Wednesday, Sept. 11

Tucson, Ariz.

In districts across the country, bus drivers are up bright and early to ensure millions of students get to school on time. Secretary Arne Duncan will start day three of the bus tour by joining U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx at the Tucson Unified School District Bus Depot to discuss the vital role that bus drivers play in school-safety efforts.

The Secretaries will then hop on a bus and ride along to Dodge Traditional Magnet School to participate in a service project with students.

Following the service project, Duncan will check out how technology is being used to empower educators and engage students at Sunnyside High School.


The wheels will keep rolling Wednesday afternoon as the bus will make a stop at Arizona State University in Tempe, for a community town hall on college affordability and how to increase educational opportunities for the Hispanic community.

Day three of the tour will close out with a visit to the “Healing Field” Memorial in Tempe, to honor the victims and first-responders of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Thursday, Sept. 12


Duncan and team will get an early start on day four of the tour at the Bret Tarver Education Complex to visit classrooms and to hold a town hall on the importance of quality early learning programs.


The bus will then head to Scottsdale, Ariz., for a meeting with tribal leaders to talk about the federal role in strengthening tribal education.


The tour continues to Yuma, with a stop at a local food bank to thank volunteers and highlight work that strengthens communities. Duncan will join high school students who volunteer to fill backpacks with food to be delivered to disadvantaged students for the weekend. The last stop of the day will be at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station where Duncan will join military leaders, service members and their families to discuss the importance of supporting military-connected students and their families.

Friday, Sept. 13

Chula Vista, Calif.

This year’s back-to-school bus tour will conclude at Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista where Duncan and team will join a pep rally and hold a town hall on the importance of the community and to highlight Promise Neighborhoods.

It’s going to be an exciting week, and we hope to see many of you along the route. If we’re stopping by your city or school, give us a shoutout by using #edtour13 on Twitter.

Stay up to date during the tour by visiting our bus tour page at and by subscribing to Strong Start, Bright Future email updates.

Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy and will be blogging and tweeting his way from the bus during ED’s annual back-to-school bus tour.

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  1. Beginning this school year (2013-14), the State of AZ will start retaining 3rd graders who are not at 3rd grade level for their reading skills. HOW can ANY state implement such a law unless there are mandatory reading/dyslexia screenings in place in earlier years (K-G and 1st-2nd grades), such that struggling students with learning differences can then be afforded an opportunity to learn their skills via evidence-based intervention?? There is NO evidence/research that shows any conclusive, positive long-term outcome for retention as a form of intervention for reading. How do you feel about this law and are there any efforts in place to consider mandatory early Ed screenings/assessments for reading skills?
    Thank you.

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