YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is visiting Yuma today to discuss the importance of high-quality preschool, strengthening tribal education, providing community service and supporting military-connected children on the fourth day of his "Strong Start, Bright Future," back-to-school bus tour.
Under the President's 'Preschool for All proposal,' Arizona could receive about $78.2 million in the first year, plus an estimated $7.8 million from the state.
The U.S. Department of Education says 9,000 children would be helped with the money.
Duncan's first stop in Yuma, will be at the Yuma Community Food Bank at 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m., he will head to the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station to talk to military leaders, service members, and military parents about the nation's commitment to supporting military connected students and their families.
The Department has adopted recommendations like giving military families priority for discretionary grants.
"The strength of America's economy is inextricably linked to the strength of America's education system," said Secretary Duncan. "This year's bus tour will be an opportunity to discuss throughout the southwest how investments in education are critical to our country's future and how state and local reforms are delivering encouraging results. Our theme of ‘Strong Start, Bright Future' also speaks to the importance of starting the school year off right and providing all our children with high-quality preschool to prepare them ultimately for success in college and careers."
13 On Your Side will be covering the Secretary's tour in Yuma every step of the way.
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