Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will launch his "Strong Start, Bright Future" back-to-school bus tour throughout the Southwest. The tour will kick off in New Mexico before heading to Texas, Arizona, and California.
At stops along the tour, Secretary Duncan will discuss how investments in education are critical to our country's future, and how state and local reforms are delivering encouraging results. The theme of "Strong Start, Bright Future" speaks to the importance of starting the school year off right and providing all our children with high-quality preschool to prepare them ultimately for success in college and careers.
To learn more about the bus tour and what communities across the Southwest are doing to improve education outcomes for students, the Department is releasing fact sheets that detail specific information about visits along the way.
In New Mexico, for example, the state is receiving $37.5 million to develop and support early learning as a 2012 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge winner. And in El Paso, Texas, where the Secretary will visit Transmountain Early College High School on Tuesday, the school has partnered with NASA’s Student Spaceflights Experiments Program -- which resulted in a Transmountain experiment placed on the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour.