The finalists for the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education
were announced Thursday by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, which awards $1 million annually to four urban United States school districts that have made the greatest improvements to student achievement.
The final school districts are Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County, Calif.; Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina; Houston Independent School District; and San Diego Unified School District. The winner will be announced Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress.
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The $1 million in scholarships will be split among the finalists, with $550,000 going to the winner, and $150,000 going to each finalist. The awards honor the districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing the gaps among poor and minority students.
"We recognize these four districts for the progress they have made in improving student achievement," Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, said in a statement. "But even while these finalist districts are moving in the right direction, there is still a long road ahead before we can truly celebrate high levels of academic success. And as we look at other urban districts across the country, there is significantly more progress that needs to be made."
The top four schools districts stood out among the 75 eligible districts for their advancements in Hispanic and African-American student gains. Each finalist outperformed its peers in elementary, middle, and high school reading, math, and science.
A panel of 17 prominent education researchers, policy leaders, practitioners, and executives from leading universities, education associations, civil rights advocacy organizations, think-tanks, and foundations will decide the winner.
The Broad Foundation aims to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts.
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