Secretary DeVos to Kick Off 2019 Back-to-School Tour in the Birthplace of Education Freedom

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Secretary DeVos to Kick Off 2019 Back-to-School Tour in the Birthplace of Education Freedom

WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will kick off her 2019 Back-to-School Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the first-ever education freedom program that allowed parents, no matter their income, to select the school that was the best fit for their child. Thanks to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, now in its 30th year, thousands of students have had the freedom to pursue an education that works for them.

On Monday, September 16, 2019, Secretary DeVos will visit St. Marcus Lutheran School, a school that serves 900 students, nearly all of whom benefit from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. While there, she will tour the school, host a roundtable focused on the importance of education freedom with parents, students and educators, and deliver keynote remarks.

This is the third year Secretary DeVos has embarked on a Back-to-School Tour to highlight learning environments where local educators and elected leaders are rethinking education. This year's tour will focus specifically on how the Secretary's Education Freedom Scholarships proposal, introduced in both the House and Senate, will help supplement local efforts to rethink school and expand education options for students in states across the country.  To learn more about the Education Freedom Scholarships proposal, visit

Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

What :

Secretary DeVos to deliver back-to-school address, tour St. Marcus Lutheran School, host roundtable

When :

Monday, September 16, 2019
7:55 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CDT

Where :

St. Marcus Lutheran School
2215 N Palmer St.
Milwaukee, WI

7:55 AM Roll Call
8:30 AM School Tour
9:30 AM Roundtable
10:10 AM Secretary DeVos delivers remarks
10:25 AM Press Q&A

The Secretary's remarks will also be livestreamed on Twitter and Facebook.


Credentialed media interested in attending the event must RSVP to by 7 a.m. CDT, on Monday, Sep. 16, 2019. A valid media credential and photo ID will be required for access to the event.

All press must arrive 40 minutes prior to the start of the event to ensure entry.