Congratulations to the finalists of the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education:
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C.
- Gwinnett County Public Schools outside Atlanta
- Montgomery County Public Schools, Md.
- Socorro Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
- Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
From their press release:
The Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize for Urban Education is the largest education award in the country given to school districts that demonstrate the best overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students.
The winner of The Broad Prize, to be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 19 in New York City, will receive $1 million in college scholarships for high school seniors who will graduate in 2011. The four finalist districts will each receive $250,000 in college scholarships.
“At a time when public schools are in crisis, these five urban school districts are an example for other struggling districts because they have demonstrated that students can achieve and improvement is possible even in challenging times,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. “It is our hope that other districts around the country will learn from the practices these five districts are employing that are leading to sustainable academic gains.”