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Back-to-School Bus Tour Offers Look Back at Obama Education Agenda


September 2, 2016
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Lauren Camera
U.S. News & World Report

Secretary of Education John King will host the last back-to-school bus tour of the Obama administration next week, with plans to make 12 stops across six states as he and Education Department officials travel from the nation’s capital south to their final destination in Louisiana.

Along the way, King will tout the major successes of the last seven years, including a significant reduction in the number of dropouts, record-high graduation rates and the adoption of more rigorous academic standards by nearly every state in the country, among other things. He’ll also provide a bit of a retrospective look at the Obama administration’s education agenda and the arc of its impact, touching on pre-K, K-12 and higher education policy priorities.

This will be the first bus tour for King, who replaced former education secretary Arne Duncan, who abruptly announced plans to resign nearly a year ago.