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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education and Other Senior Department Officials will Visit St. Louis as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-To-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

“Education Drives America” to Spotlight College Affordability, Parental Involvement, and Community Engagement

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Event Date 1: September 19, 2012 12:30 pm - September 19, 2012 03:30 pm
Event Date 2: September 19, 2012 09:00 am - September 19, 2012 11:00 am
Event Date 3: September 19, 2012 09:30 am - September 19, 2012 11:30 am
Event Date 4: September 19, 2012 03:00 pm - September 19, 2012 05:00 pm
Event Date 5: September 19, 2012 06:30 pm - September 19, 2012 08:30 pm

As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour, Deputy Secretary Tony Miller, joined by other senior Education Department staff, will visit the St. Louis area on Wednesday, Sept. 19, for school events that will highlight education successes and engage communities in conversations about school reform, college affordability and completion, community involvement and the link between education and jobs.

“America’s future is directly linked to the quality of education that we provide our children, young people and adults,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who began the tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Redwood City, Calif. “Education is the key to a vibrant middle class, strong national security and our global economic competitiveness.”

Duncan and his enior leadership team are crisscrossing the country through Sept. 21, leading a series of events highlighting the theme that Education Drives America. Besides St. Louis, some of the other stops include Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver; Topeka, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Richmond, Va.; and Washington, D.C.

Miller will host a town hall with community leaders, representatives of faith communities, school officials and students at 12:30 p.m. at Harris-Stowe State University, recent recipient of a more than $1.5 million Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant from the Department. He will discuss college access and affordability, and highlight the Department’s efforts to support communities, states and local schools to reduce dropout rates and increase the academic success of African-American students. Miller also will address the importance of increasing college graduation rates of minority students as part of the Administration’s efforts to meet the President’s national goal of once again leading the world in college completion by 2020. John Wilson, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Department’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join Miller for the town hall. A media availability will follow.

In addition to the town hall, Department of Education senior officials will travel across St. Louis on Sept. 19 for a number of other events outlined below.

For live, up-to-the-minute updates from the road, follow the Education Drives America tour on Twitter using the hashtag #edtour12, or visit the Department’s bus tour blog. To receive media advisories, press releases, notifications about postings to the blog, and other special updates during the tour, subscribe to the Department’s new Education Drives America e-mail updates by clicking here.


Event 1
Who :

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller
John Wilson, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

What :

A town hall with community leaders, representatives of faith communities, school officials and students to discuss college access and affordability, especially for African-American students

When :

12:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
Media availability from 1:25 to 1:35 p.m.

Where :

Harris-Stowe State University
Emerson Performance Center/Bank of America Theater
3101 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, Mo.

Event 2
Who :

Greg Darnieder, senior advisor on the College Access Initiative

What :

A meeting with superintendents from St. Louis area schools to discuss education reform, ways the Department can assist states in these efforts, and the Administration’s commitment to helping states turn around their lowest-performing schools

When :

9 a.m. CT Wednesday, Sept. 19

Where :

South County Technical School
12721 W. Watson Rd.
Sunset Hills, Mo.

Event 3
Who :

Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

What :

A gathering of higher education institutions to discuss the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge and how all schools can benefit from increased interfaith cooperation and community service by participating in the challenge

When :

9:30 a.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 19

Where :

Harris-Stowe State University
William L. Clay Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center
3101 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, Mo.

Event 4
Who :

Debra Saunders-White, deputy assistant secretary for Higher Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

What :

A discussion on improving the quality of postsecondary education and increasing student access through the federal initiative Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, better known as FIPSE

When :

3 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 19

Where :

University of Washington
Kenton King Faculty Center, Becker Medical Library
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, Mo.

Event 5
Who :

Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

What :

A town hall with WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) to discuss the importance of parental engagement in education and to applaud the work of this organization that inspires and equips men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers, and role models that children need.

When :

6:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 19

Where :

Hancock Place Elementary School
9417 South Broadway
St. Louis, Mo.

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