U.S. Education Secretary to Stop in Charlottesville, Virginia on Back-to-School Bus Tour

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U.S. Education Secretary to Stop in Charlottesville, Virginia on Back-to-School Bus Tour

As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Opportunity Across America” back-to-school bus tour, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will visit Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, Virginia on Monday, Sept. 12, to highlight the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. King will meet with educators, community partners, and students who will display engineering projects made possible by the Department’s Investing in Innovation grant to Albemarle County Public Schools. The school district partners with Buford Middle School and organizations in the region, including the University of Virginia’s Laboratory School for Advanced Manufacturing, as well as the Smithsonian Institution. The grant supports middle school engineering classes that prepare students for a future in STEM, including computer science. A media availability will follow a classroom visit and presentations from engineering students at the school.

Charlottesville will be the second stop in the back-to-school bus tour, following a kickoff event on the same day at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The tour celebrates the educational progress that communities and states across the country have made over the last eight years under the Obama Administration—from strengthening education technology and supporting teacher leadership to expanding preschool for all and promoting college access, affordability and completion. In addition to Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, the tour will include stops in Bristol, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis, Tennessee; Harvest, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianola, Mississippi; and Monroe, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. King and other senior Department officials will hold events touting the Administration’s key initiatives over eight years, highlighting the progress made to expand opportunity across the nation and the groundwork laid for continued momentum.

President Barack Obama entered office in 2009 with a comprehensive vision for improving our education system to advance our children’s opportunity and success. That vision included efforts to address the dropout crisis, improve student achievement, and increase graduation rates; expand equity in education through stronger schools; ensure all students achieve to high standards that prepare them for college and career; and grow innovation and investment in what works, while safeguarding the right of all students to a world-class education. Thanks to the hard work of educators, state and local leaders, communities, parents, families, and students, the nation has made significant educational progress over the last eight years. To build on our prosperity and competitiveness as a nation, the Administration has worked diligently to make a positive difference for students and to continue the work to deliver on the promise of a world-class education to every child.

This event will include a press availability with King and local leaders. To RSVP for stops on the tour, please email press@ed.gov.

Follow the bus tour on social media at #OpportunityTour.

Who : U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
What : Visit to Buford Middle School
When : 2:45 p.m. ET, Monday Sept. 12, 2016 (A media availability will follow at 4:05 p.m. ET)
Where : Buford Middle School
1000 Cherry Ave.
Charlottesville, Virginia