Opportunity for America Tour Announced


Acting Secretary John King has announced his Opportunity Across America tour!

He’ll meet with students, teachers, principals, parents and community leaders in four states and Washington, D.C.

The tour will start in El Paso, Texas, on Thursday, and continue with visits to Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Wilmington, Delaware.

King will highlight the good work going on in schools and communities across the country and hear stories, experiences and insights about what’s working and where there is more work to be done.

As we told you earlier this year, King has resolved in 2016 to promote equity and excellence at every level of education to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed; support and lift up the teaching profession; and continue the Department’s focus on returning America to the top of the rankings in college completion by ensuring more students earn an affordable degree with real value.

King will visit the following schools during the tour:

  • Bowie High School, El Paso, Texas
  • Sharpstown High School, Houston, Texas
  • Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida
  • School of the Future, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  1. I am currently working on a research project for school on the academic support there is for Hispanic/Latino high school students on advanced courses related to STEM fields. I would also like to learn more about for available opportunities for me to add to my study.

  2. Why limit this action to just one person. A Focus Group should be organized from D.C. to come out to schools in all 4 quadrants of the nation to get a vast array of data and conversations around what is needed to assist with the advancement of education in the United States.

    • I couldn’t agree more! Why so few schools and why only one person? Mississippi and Louisiana always rank at the bottom in anything related to education.

  3. I currently reside in DE and additional support is needed for lower DE counties. My personal opinion is North DE has access to many high quality services, opportunities, and supports but it stops there. I would like elected officials to travel South to see the need for additional cradle (early education, afterschool programming) to career (college exploration and employment) support and the faces of struggling youth, families, and communities and organizations that providing services to them.

  4. I believe in what you are doing, but I would like to have some awareness regarding the Native Americans struggles with education. It’s unfortunate that the Northwest states don’t have really large cities, but do have population of big cities that are vast and remote areas. Thanks. I agree with getting better education opportunities to all Americans.

  5. I will loved to learn more about College/University Support
    I work as Hispanic/Latino Academic Success Liaison and I am
    looking for opportunities to partnership into this endeavor.

    • I am a parent of a a Hispanic American who has achieved a 4 yr and
      masters degree in the White House Initiative STEM PROGRAM.
      He is reaching out to the White House for help to relieve him of his
      student debt. He did everything required to attain a good education.He inherited 7 years of unemployment/underemployment as a result of his accomplishments and the Great Recession brought on by the Bush administration. Student loan forgiveness is the only issue not addressed by President Obama. His 10% rule leaves my son with a $750 per month repayment schedule. 95% of students targeted for this program do not qualify. He cannot leave this student debt for the new president when loan forgiveness would yield a better return to the federal government.

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