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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Visit Topeka, Kan., as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-To-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

"Education Drives America" to Highlight the Importance of Equal Educational Opportunities for all Students

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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 the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan., on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to honor the legacy of hope and courage represented by the U.S. Supreme Court case that ended legal segregation in the nation's public schools. Secretary Duncan will discuss the imperative to provide all students with equal educational opportunities.

"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 Topeka, some of the other stops include Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver; Emporia, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Richmond, Va.; and Washington, D.C.

Secretary Duncan will join Topeka Mayor William Bunten, educators, and local officials for a series of speeches and a presentation by area students at the national historic site in Topeka. Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, and David Smith, superintendent of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, will deliver remarks.

The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is an official U.S. National Park Service site, which is celebrating Constitution Day from Sept. 16-18 this year. The site's education department provides resources and activities for educators and parents on the U.S. Supreme Court case, the Civil Rights movement, topics in social justice, and African-American history, and offers educational opportunities through distance learning activities, outreach programs and museum visits.

More specific details about the bus tour stop in Emporia, Kan., 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.