It’s a million-dollar gold star for the administrators and board of the school system in Gwinnett County, Georgia: They won the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education.
(It’s pronounced with a long “o” as in “road.”)
Gwinnett County beat out Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, and Socorro Independent School District and Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, for the award.
The prize, created in 2002 by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation in Los Angeles, is the nation’s largest education award given to school districts. It is designed to reward schools for increasing graduation rates, improving low-income students’ performance, and reducing differences in achievement rates between minority and white students. Winners are chosen from the country’s 100 largest school systems serving a large percentage of low-income and minority students.
This is big news to a select few in Dallas. Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa urged Dallas teachers on to win the Broad Prize by 2010. Dallas ISD did not count among the finalists this year, nor in any previous year.
News in many places is about the districts who gained the finalist list, but did not win. Interesting prize.
Next year. Next year.
- Broad Foundation press release on the 2010 prize
- Education Week story
- Maureen Downey at the Atlanta Constitution-Journal writes that the Broad Prize is a “validation” of Gwinnett County School Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks
- Atlanta Business Chronicle story