Education Secretary Arne Duncan's "Strong Start, Bright Future" Back-to-School Bus Tour pulled into Chula Vista last week for a stop at Castle Park Middle School.
Policymakers, the local media, and heads of community agencies attended the event. Because the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) is part of the Building Capacity Consortium, several other Building Capacity partners also turned out for the Secretary's visit, including Bonsall Union School District Superintendent Dr. Justin Cunningham, Dr. Colette Ingraham, who chairs San Diego State University's school psychology program, and Dr. Michael Rank, the director of the USC San Diego Academic Center. University interns placed in Consortium schools also attend the event.
Duncan greeted students, staff and other attendees and held a "town hall" meeting to discuss topics including college access, early learning, family engagement and juvenile justice. See this report from
the NBC affiliate in San Diego.
The bus tour was meant, in part, to highlight examples of schools providing an excellent education for English learners and for students from military families. In recent years, CVESD schools have seen dramatic gains in academic performance. The district is also experiencing reductions in school bullying and other risk factors. The community, university partnerships, strong school administrators and district leadership are credited for these changes.
Castle Park is also part of the U.S. Department of
Education's Promise Neighborhood initiative, which brings together schools, local government, businesses and other organizations to develop high expectations for students and support them in their pathways toward success in college and careers.
The Building Capacity Consortium would like to salute CVESD Superintendent Francisco Escobedo and the entire district for the strong community partnerships they have created to benefit children who attend their schools.