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U.S. Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter, Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss, and Other Senior Officials to Visit Cheyenne as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-To-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

“Education Drives America” to Spotlight Classroom Success, Link Education and the Economy

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As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour, Under Secretary Martha Kanter, Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss, and Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier will visit Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Friday, Sept. 14 to highlight education successes and lead community conversations about school reform, college affordability and completion, and the connection 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 will begin the tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Redwood City, Calif. “It is the key to a vibrant middle class, strong national security and our global economic competitiveness.”

Secretary Duncan and his leadership team will crisscross the country from Sept. 12-21 for a series of events highlighting the theme that Education Drives America. Besides Cheyenne, some of the other stops include Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Rawlins and Rock Springs, Wyo.; Denver; Topeka, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Richmond, Va.; and Washington, D.C.

During the late afternoon on Sept. 14, Laramie County Community College president Joe Schaffer will moderate a town hall on education and the economy. The town hall will be held in a wind turbine laboratory at Laramie County Community College and will feature Kanter, Weiss, and Dann-Messier. The audience will consist of college faculty, staff, and students, community members, and education and training stakeholders.

Immediately preceding the town hall, Dann-Messier will host and lead a roundtable discussion with career and technical education faculty, staff, and students from Laramie County Community College and Laramie County School District.

Also on Sept. 14, John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, will visit Ucross Foundation Ranch in Clearmont, Wyo., where he will lead a panel discussion on improving teaching and learning in rural schools and elevating the teaching profession with National Board Certified Teachers at the Wyoming Education Summit. Kareen Borders, a 2012 Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education, will join White for part of the discussion.

More specific details about the bus tour stops in Cheyenne and Clearmont Wyo., 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.