Corona-Norco Unified School District receives $150,000
in College Scholarships
NORCO – The Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) will receive $150,000 in college scholarships as one of the three runners-up for the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education announcement ceremony was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where CNUSD Superintendent, Michael Lin, along with members of the Board of Education, school district officials and staff were on-hand for the announcement.
The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Philanthropist and founders of the Broad Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad along with Retired Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were among the distinguished participants of the announcement program.
As a finalist, CNUSD ranked among the top four urban school districts nationwide to show significant improvements in the academic success of underprivileged and minority students. Principal Judy Now and educator Melvin Campbell represented the school district as panelists in the “Mind the Gap” discussion panel prior to the announcement, where they shared how their strategies have been effective in narrowing the achievement gap.
Earlier this year the Broad Foundation identified CNUSD as showing significant gains in academic achievement among the minority and disadvantaged student population. Extensive qualitative and quantitative analysis undertaken by the Broad Foundation found CNUSD to be ranked above 71 other large urban districts in the nation, qualifying them as a top four finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education.
“As a school district we are deeply honored to have been recognized by the Broad Foundation as a top four finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education,” said Superintendent Dr. Lin. “Our entire team at CNUSD including our students, should be justifiably proud of this national acknowledgment in this highly competitive selection process. This scholarship award will certainly benefit many of our high school seniors in pursuing their academic endeavors and that, indeed, is a win for us.”
Among the reasons Corona-Norco Unified stood out this year among large urban school districts:
- A greater percentage of Hispanic and African-American students are reaching advanced academic levels in Corona-Norco than in other urban districts in California.
- A greater percentage of Corona-Norco students are participating in college readiness exams—and their scores are improving—more than other urban districts nationally.
- Corona-Norco is doing a better job than other urban districts in California in closing achievement gaps.
For more information about The Broad Prize please visit: www.broadprize.org
Public Relations Specialist
Corona-Norco Unified School District
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