Cities Announced! 2013 Back-to-School Bus Tour

Bus Tour MapIt’s back-to-school time, which means that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior ED officials are hitting the road once again for the Department’s annual back-to-school bus tour. This year’s tour, themed Strong Start, Bright Future, will run September 9-13 and includes visits to states throughout the Southwest with stops in the following cities:

  • Santa, Fe, N.M.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Socorro, N.M.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Columbus, N.M.
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Tempe, Ariz.
  • Phoenix
  • Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Yuma, Ariz.
  • Chula Vista, Calif.

Each stop will highlight the importance of ensuring that all students benefit from high-quality educational opportunities, including Preschool for Allcollege affordabilityConnectEDfirst-term education efforts, and comprehensive immigration reform’s impact on education.

This is the fourth back-to-school bus tour for Secretary Duncan. Last year, the Department’s tour took us coast to coast, in 2011, the tour rolled through the Midwest, and in 2010, Duncan and his team visited the South and the Northeast.

Check back soon for additional information on the tour, or simply sign up to receive Strong Start, Bright Future tour updates in your email inbox.

Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy at the U.S. Department of Education


  1. Good Morning,
    How can we schedule the “Back To School Bus Tour” visit our School in Philadelphia?
    If possible, we have an Annual Family and Friends Day at our school on Saturday, May 3, 2014, and several hundreds of children and parents are in attendance. It would be a wonderful expereince for all of those in attendance to see and tour the bus. Thank you

  2. I am an AmeriCorps VISTA for the New Mexico Afterschool Alliance in Santa Fe, NM and I promote afterschool meals in NM. My network in D.C. would LOVE if I could attend the Secretary’s town hall on September 9th. Is this an open event? Is it possible for me to attend? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for your time and the hardwork. Seems like a great tour this year. 🙂

  3. Are you going to visit any schools and if so who decides?
    I teach at a small school in a Hispanic neighbor hood but we have gone from an F to a C in less than 2 years. We are not beige and have a great special ed. program . In fact we are 30% sped at our school. We have very little staff turn over because we are a team.

    • Hi Pat – Yes, the specific school sites will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

      Cameron Brenchley
      Office of Communication and Outreach

  4. To bad that some of the Bureau of Indian Education BIE Schools along the NM Route were not included.

    • Hi Carlos –

      Although the Secretary is visiting these cities and locations, dozens of ED officials also hold events in conjunction with the tour. Leaders from our Office of Indian Education will be on the tour making stops in Indian Country.

      Cameron Brenchley
      Office of Communication and Outreach

  5. I believe the Department of Education and all its public employees are accountable to the citizens they serve. Consequently, I would like to know two things: one, how much do these tours cost the citizens of our country and the second question is what good does this trip do and how do you know it?
    Thank you.

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