Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Stump to Visit Tucson’s University High School as Part of 2019 National Back to School Tour

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Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Stump to Visit Tucson’s University High School as Part of 2019 National Back to School Tour

Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Scott Stump will visit University High School in Tucson on Monday, launching a week of travel in four states to spotlight schools that are rethinking education as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 national Back to School tour.

Officially known as the Education Freedom Tour, Stump will begin his week by visiting from 9 to 10:15 a.m. classes at University High, a charter school recognized as among the best in Arizona and the nation. A press availability will be held at 10:15 a.m.

In the student-led tour, Stump will see engineering students building catapults, physics students growing crops under solar panels, science students maintaining advanced chicken coops and computer science students demonstrating projects of the future.

The school will show off its advanced placement classes in grades 9-12 in such areas as: computer science (CTE), culturally relevant AP English language and composition, chemistry, environmental science, physics, dual enrollment engineering, economics and AP Art History.

In 2019, University High was ranked as the eighth-best high school in Arizona and in the top 40 high schools nationally. It is also a former U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School. As a charter school, University High is among Arizona charter schools which, as a group, have produced greater scale score gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress – the Nation’s Report Card – than any other state from 2009 to 2017.

From Tucson, Stump will continue his travels, observing exemplary education programs in Phoenix, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Henderson, Nev., and Charleston, W.Va.

Follow the Department’s Education Freedom Tour this week on social media at #EducationFreedomTour. Please RSVP no later than 8 a.m. Monday to press@ed.gov with “Tucson” in the subject line and bring a valid media credential and photo ID. Reporters should arrive 15 minutes before the start of the event.

Who :

Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Scott Stump

What :

Tour University High School

When :

9-10:15 a.m. MST Monday, Sept. 16, 2019
10:15 a.m. – Press availability

RSVP:
Please RSVP no later than 8 a.m. Monday to press@ed.gov, include “Tucson” in the subject line and bring a valid media credential and photo ID.

Where :

University High School
421 N. Arcadia Ave.
Tucson, Arizona
520-232-5900