For the third year in a row, our team at the U.S. Department of Education has gone on a back-to-school bus tour. This year was more ambitious than ever. Senior leaders traveled from coast-to-coast and have participated in almost 100 events over the past 10 days.
It started on Sept. 12 with a town hall meeting about the potential of technology to transform learning in Redwood City, Calif., and ended with a rally at the Department of Education headquarters in Washington, DC. Across the country, I’ve seen examples of communities in Topeka, Kansas, and McDowell County, West Virginia, coming together to turn around struggling schools. I met with Hispanic students in Reno, Nevada, to discuss how a college degree will help ensure their economic prosperity. And I visited a school in Denver that takes nutrition and student health seriously. They even got me to dance.
The theme of this year bus tour has been “Education Drives America.” As the whirlwind of events ends, I’m more convinced than ever that Americans understand how important education is to America’s future and are working to ensure our children get the world-class education they deserve.
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