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Secretary Spellings and the No Child Left Behind Bus Tour Visit Cleveland, Ohio


U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today kicked-off her three-day No Child Left Behind (NCLB) bus tour by meeting with students, educators and parents in Cleveland, Ohio.

During a visit to Watterson-Lake Elementary School, Secretary Spellings announced the Empowering Parents School Box, a tool to help families better prepare their students for academic success. Later in the day, Secretary Spellings visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum after-school program, which promotes science and technology learning through music.

On Wednesday evening, Secretary Spellings hosted a National Parent Town Hall with an interactive discussion with parents from Cleveland and across the U.S. via webcast to discuss ways to strengthen education in the U.S. and how the No Child Left Behind Act empowers parents with education options for their children.

“No Child Left Behind puts a necessary focus on reading and math—the gateway skills to all other learning,” said Secretary Spellings. “It also arms parents with the information they need to be smart consumers and strong advocates for their children. I have yet to meet a parent who volunteered his or her child to be the one who was left behind.”

On Thursday, September 20, Secretary Spellings will continue her No Child Left Behind bus tour at Wright Patterson Air Force Base meeting with military families and touring the STARBASE program, a national Department of Defense initiative to heighten at-risk 5th graders’ interest in science and technology. Secretary Spellings will also participate in the national Jump Start Read for the Record campaign by joining with Americans across the country and reading to a group of preschool children. Heading on to Cincinnati in the afternoon, Secretary Spellings will host a town hall meeting with parents and students at Withrow University High School and highlight the FAFSA4caster, a tool launched by the Department this Spring to help families better plan for financing college.

On Friday, September 21, the No Child Left Behind bus will travel to the Andrew J. Brown Academy in Indianapolis, Ind., where Secretary Spellings will join Mayor Bart Peterson to discuss the growing role charter schools play in providing families with educational options. To conclude her bus tour, Secretary Spellings will visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest children’s museum, and highlight the important role of science and No Child Left Behind to prepare students to be the innovators of tomorrow.


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