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Department of Education Senior Officials to Visit Elko, Nev., as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-To-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

"Education Drives America" to Highlight the State of Teaching and Learning for American Indian Populations

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As part of the U.S. Department of Education's third annual back-to-school bus tour, on Thursday, Sept. 13, Deb Delisle, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, and William Mendoza, director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, will visit Great Basin College in Elko, Nev., where they will participate in a roundtable discussion examining issues related to Indian education.

"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 will begin the tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Redwood City, Calif. "This bus tour is an opportunity to highlight what's working and create momentum for education reforms that improve the lives of all students."

Secretary Duncan and his senior leaders are crisscrossing the country from Sept. 12-21, leading a series of events that reinforce the message that Education Drives America. Besides the visit to Elko, some of the other stops include Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Salt Lake City; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver; Topeka, Kan.; St. Louis; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Richmond, Va.; and Washington, D.C.

The roundtable at Great Basin College will include an array of stakeholders, such as Nevada tribes, state education officials, institutions of higher education, representatives from Title VII and Title VIII school grantees, teachers, parents, community members, and students. Among the participants will be Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission; James W. Guthrie, Nevada superintendent of education; Gerald Temoke, chairman of the Elko Band of Indians; and Mike McFarlane, vice president of academic affairs for Great Basin College.

More specific details about the bus tour stop in Elko, Nev., will become available as the time for the event draws closer. 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 Education Drives America e-mail updates by clicking here.