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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Senior Education Officials to Visit Kansas City, Mo., as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-To-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

“Education Drives America” to Highlight Education and the Hispanic Community, Support for Teachers and Students

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As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other senior Department officials will travel to Kansas City, Mo., where they will host a town hall on education and the Hispanic community at the Penn Valley campus of Metropolitan Community College.

“America’s future is directly linked to the quality of education that we provide our children, young people and adults,” said Secretary 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 Kansas City, 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.

Secretary Duncan will kick off his visit to Metropolitan Community College with Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights; Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans; Michael Yudin, acting assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services; and Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza.

During the event, Duncan and Murguia will take questions from community members. The town hall will be available for viewing live online here.

After the town hall, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, Michael Yudin will continue the Education Drives America tour in Kansas City with a visit to Garfield Elementary School, where he will participate in a panel discussion with educators about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is designed to enhance the adoption and implementation of a continuum of evidence-based interventions to achieve academically and behaviorally important outcomes for all students. The Department has supported PBIS for over 15 years and there are 16,500 PBIS schools in the United States.

More specific details about the bus tour stop in Kansas City, Mo., will become available as the time for the events 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.