Bus Sneak Peek and Final Details Released

Education Drives America bus

A sneak peek of the "Education Drives America" bus.

The Education Drives America bus has a full tank of gas is ready for the launch of ED’s back-to-school tour. Secretary Arne Duncan will kick off the tour in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and below are the details of the final two days of the tour:

Lexington – Sept. 20

Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will visit Picadome Elementary School in Lexington, Ky., to discuss foreign language education during a classroom visit and a roundtable discussion with 15 local education and community stakeholders. Read about additional events in the Lexington region.

Charleston – Sept. 20

Secretary Duncan will visit Elk Elementary Center in Charleston, W.Va., where he will participate in a roundtable with local and state early learning stakeholders. Read about additional events in W.Va.

McDowell County – Sept. 20

Secretary Duncan will engage in a panel discussion with community members and stakeholders at Mount View High School in McDowell County, W.Va. Participants will discuss how to build public-private partnerships to support educational improvement as the path to a brighter economic future. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, will join the Secretary for the W.Va., events.

Roanoke – Sept. 21

Secretary Duncan will lead a town hall discussion that will explore indicators of college and career readiness at Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) in Roanoke, Va. Also participating in the town hall will be Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier, VWCC faculty, students, regional employers, and local community members.

Richmond – Sept. 21

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Henderson Middle School in Richmond, Va., on Friday, Sept. 21, to highlight First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign that focuses on confronting and ending childhood obesity. The event, held in conjunction with Richmond Fit for Life and other health stakeholders, will feature health screenings for middle school and high school students.

Washington – Sept. 21

Secretary Duncan and senior staff at the Department of Education will wrap up the 2012 back-to-school bus tour with a rally on Friday, Sept. 21 on the plaza at the Department’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

Visit www.ed.gov/bustour to read details of the entire tour and follow the tour on Twitter with hashtag #edtour12.

Cameron Brenchley is director of digital engagement


  1. Secretary Duncan,

    Why do you relentlessly support charter schools and merit pay when evidence shows that they do not improve student performance? Why do you support high stakes testing instead of quality education? Why, after a decade and a half of mayoral control of schools in Chicago, are they going through another round of “reform?” Why have teachers reached the breaking point in Chicago and are threatening to strike against your successor’s policies? Is this any way to run a school system? Why do you demonize teachers and unions instead of attacking the teaching of creationism in schools that receive vouchers from Louisiana? Why are charters allowed to have significantly fewer numbers of ELL, disability, and school lunch eligible students than their public school counterparts? Why is test prep instead of learning taking over in our schools? Please respond. Thank you.

  2. Has Mr. Duncan ever stopped in TN with the Bus tour? Has he ever stopped in Nashville? I have had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Duncan speak several times and I know our youth, parents, colleagues, etc. would and should hear from him. Kentucky is not the far from here, if you ever thought about manking a detour. Jsut a suggestion. Thank you.

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