A top official with the US Education Department touring successful schools in several states made a stop at Tucson’s high-achieving University High on Monday.

But Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Scott Stump mistakenly thought the TUSD school was a charter rather than a public school with an advanced academic curriculum.

“We’re here celebrating not just the Blue Ribbon School status from a few years ago but also the fact that Arizona charter schools have done something really unique in the past decade,” Stump said during a news conference at the school.

A Star reporter told Stump after the news conference that University High is a public school, but his insisted it isn’t.

“No, University High School

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