Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan will visit Arizona next month as part of a four-state bus tour of the West to mark the return of students to school.

The Education Department announced that Duncan and other officials begin their "Strong Start, Bright Future" tour in New Mexico on Sept. 9 with stops in Albuquerque and Socorro.

Sept. 10 will take them to El Paso, Texas, and Columbus, N.M.

They'll next go to Arizona, with stops in Tucson and Tempe on Sept. 11 and in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Yuma on Sept. 12.

They conclude the tour in Chula Vista, Calif., on Sept. 13.

The department said Duncan will discuss topics such as preschool, college affordability and immigration.

Previous back-to-school bus tours took Duncan to the Midwest, the South and the Northeast.