President Barack Obama to join U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Iowa on Sixth Annual Back-to-School Bus Tour

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President Barack Obama will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the Secretary brings his Sixth Annual Back-to-School Bus Tour to North High School in Des Moines, Iowa. The President and Secretary Duncan will host a town hall with high school students and their parents to discuss college access and affordability.

This year's "Ready for Success" trip will include stops in seven states, highlighting achievements of educators, students, families and others in expanding opportunity for young people throughout the nation.

The Administration has made expanding college access and affordability a priority with President Obama setting a national goal: That by 2020, America will once again boast the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

Education is a lifelong path—from preschool through college and careers—where, at every point along the way, access to high-quality learning opportunities can ensure everyone is ready for success. This year's "Ready for Success" tour will celebrate how states and local communities are working to increase access and opportunity from early learning through college.

The bus tour runs through Friday and will include stops in Kansas City, Missouri; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Champaign and Williamsfield, Illinois; West Lafayette and Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Duncan and other senior Department officials will hold events highlighting the progress and achievements of educators, students, families and leaders in expanding opportunity for students throughout the nation.

View a video trailer about the bus tour here. For a map of the excursion, click here.
Stay connected with this year's tour by signing up for bus tour email updates.

Note: Members of the media who wish to cover the President's town hall event on Monday, September 14 must RSVP via the following link by no later than tomorrow, Saturday September 12 at 11:00AM CDT/12:00PM EDT:

Please note that you must copy and paste the link into your browser and remove the brackets to access the RSVP form.