US education secretary to visit Portland

Posted Aug. 31, 2010, at 6:39 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The country’s education chief will visit a school in Maine.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is scheduled to visit King Middle School in Portland on Tuesday for the final stop of his back-to-school bus tour to schools in eight states.

Portland school officials say Duncan will talk with teachers about how they are helping their students achieve and how the federal government can best support educators.

The tour kicked off last week in the South, with stops in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The northeastern leg began Monday with stops in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.