Back to School Bus Tour kicks off its Tucson leg - Tucson News Now

Back to School Bus Tour kicks off Tucson leg

Arne Duncan speaks at Dodge Middle School. Arne Duncan speaks at Dodge Middle School.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The U.S. Department of Education's "Strong Start, Bright Future" Back to School Bus Tour is making a stop in Tucson today.

Later this morning department officials will first meet with leaders in the Tucson Unified School District, with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joining U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  Both will kick off the tour at TUSD's bus depot at 7 a.m.

They will discuss how bus drivers are on the front lines of school safety efforts.  Both secretaries will meet with bus mechanics, dispatchers and drivers.

Education leaders will discuss issues surrounding school transportation.  Here is a quick look at TUSD's Transportation Department:

There are 318 yellow school buses; each is driven a total of 29,000 miles per day; they transport on average 11,000 students every day.

After visiting the district's bus depot both secretaries will ride with TUSD Superintendent H. T. Sanchez, on a district school bus to Dodge Traditional Magnet Middle School.

Say with Tucson News Now for more on what the secretaries will be discussing.

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