Now this is the way to go back to school: Wrap a supercomfy executive motor coach in yellow to make it look like a real school bus, grab a Starbucks tall Soy Misto, and take two field trips, one to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for some karaoke and a second to shoot rockets at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A dream? Not for Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. The Bush hipster says that's exactly what she's doing this week in a bid to promote math and science and the reauthorization of the administration's teetering No Child Left Behind Act. She calls her tour "Empowering Parents, Empowering Children," a slogan that'll be painted on the bus.
The science part takes place in Cleveland, where Spellings—President Bush's American Idol fan—will steer her bus to the rock center to have her vocal vibrations measured while crooning a tune by her fave, Stevie Wonder. " 'Sign, Sealed, Delivered' may be the name of a song, but it's also the action Congress needs to take to reauthorize No Child Left Behind so all kids can be at grade-level reading and math by 2014," she says. Then it's on to Wright-Pat for a math and science lesson in its Starbase program, where kids launch water-propelled rockets. Just like real pilots, participants get handles, and the coffee-loving Spellings is to be dubbed "Starbuck."
JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN & WR