As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Henderson Middle School in Richmond, Va., on Friday, Sept. 21, to highlight First Lady Michelle Obama’s “ Let’s Move!” campaign that focuses on confronting and ending childhood obesity. The event, held in conjunction with Richmond Fit for Life and other health stakeholders, will feature health screenings for middle school and high school students.
“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. “Education is the key to a vibrant middle class, strong national security and our global economic competitiveness. 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 leadership team are crisscrossing the country from Sept. 12-21 for a series of events highlighting the theme that Education Drives America. Besides Richmond, some of the other stops include Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver; Topeka, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; Roanoke, Va.; and Washington, D.C.
In addition to Secretary Duncan’s school visit, senior Department of Education officials will stop in Richmond for other events on Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21, which include: (Note: Exact times and locations will be announced soon.)
- Deb Delisle, assistant secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, will tour Boushall Middle School, meet with students, and host a roundtable on ways to turn around low-performing schools.
- Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and Gabriel Sandoval, senior advisor and director of policy for the Initiative, will hold a roundtable with leaders from the Hispanic and education communities to explore college access and college completion for the emerging and growing Hispanic population in Virginia, and promote efforts to meet the President’s national goal of once again leading the world in college completion by 2020.
- Debra Saunders-White, deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs, will hold a town hall at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering to highlight a grantee of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of Need (GAANN) program and discuss the value and rewards of choosing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
More specific details about the bus tour events in Richmond, Va., will become available as the events draw 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.