Secretary of Education John King will visit Hamilton County on September 13 to "celebrate teacher leadership programs" according to school officials. He will visit Battle Academy in downtown Chattanooga between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m., as part of a four-stop tour of Tennessee schools.

Since taking office in January, King has conducted an "Opportunity Across America" tour to meet with students, teachers, principals, parents and community leaders across the nation. According to the Department of Education's website,  King is using the tour "to highlight good work going on in schools and communities across the country and to hear stories, experiences and insights about what's working and where there is more work to be done. The events will focus on King's top priorities: promoting equity and excellence at every level of education to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed; supporting and lifting up the teaching profession; and continuing the Department's focus on returning America to the top of the rankings in college completion by ensuring more students earn an affordable degree with real value."

According to Department media representatives, King and senior Department of Education officials will launch the seventh and final back-to-school bus tour to celebrate progress in communities and states across the country. The tour will kick off Monday, Sept. 12, in the nation’s capital and end in Louisiana, on Friday, Sept. 16.

The news release continues:

"This year’s “Opportunity Across America” tour will include stops in Washington, D.C.; Charlottesville, Virginia; Bristol, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis, Tennessee; Harvest, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianola, Mississippi; and Monroe, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. King and other senior Department officials will hold events touting the Administration’s key initiatives over eight years, highlighting the progress made to expand opportunity across the nation and the groundwork laid for continued momentum.

Thanks to the hard work of educators, state and local leaders, communities, parents, families, and students, the nation has made significant educational progress over the last eight years. High school graduation rates are at an all-time high, and the dropout rate has decreased—with all groups making progress, and students of color closing gaps. The nation has a new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, passed with bipartisan support and signed by President Obama in December 2015 that offers the chance to reclaim the promise of an excellent, well-rounded education for every student. More states have implemented their own unique plans for education reform and school turnarounds. More individuals now have access to programs to offset the rising costs of higher education, including expanding Pell Grants and making student debt more manageable. More students and families have access to the information they need to make the best choice about college—from easier and now earlier financial aid to the next generation of college transparency with tools like College Scorecard. And more students have access to pre-K, free community college, and computer science classes.

To build on our prosperity and competitiveness as a nation, the Administration has worked diligently to make a positive difference for students and to continue the work to deliver on the promise of a world-class education for every child."