Back-to-School Tour in the News

Back to School Tour in the News, Columbia

The Education Drives America bus kept rolling east on Day 6 with multiple stops in Missouri and Illinois and Indiana by U.S. Department of Education senior staff.

Columbia, Mo.

U.S. Education’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton traveled to Columbia, Mo., where they participated in a video conference and roundtable discussion with local rural educators and participants in the eMINTS program (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies and an i3 grant recipient). The Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune reported on the success of that program by rural district leaders which provides technology for schools and professional development for teachers focused on using those tools.

St. Louis, Mo.

Following the visit to Columbia, the Education Drives America bus rolled into St. Louis where Miller discussed college affordability in Missouri. The St. Louis Beacon reports that Miller “told a theater full at Harris-Stowe University today that college access and affordability is key to development.”

Mt. Vernon, Ill.

The U.S. Department of Education’s 2012 bus tour made a stop in Jefferson County, during which it hosted discussions about partnerships between education and industry. The Southern Illinoisan reports, “The 13 Rend Lake College students who visited with Department of Education official Sue Liu on Wednesday attributed their academic success to college support services—the Student Transfer and Retention Support (STARS) Program in particular.” Liu joined Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller at Continental Tire in Mount Vernon, where they visited with local business and education leaders about partnerships established here between education and employers.”

Evansville, Ind.

More than 150 teachers, students and community members attended the public forum in Glenwood’s auditorium with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller discussing labor/management collaboration and community partnerships in education. Read it here in the Evansville (IN) Courier & Press.