Each year the Broad Foundation gives away a one million dollar prize for school districts in the United States that have done the most to improve performance of students and in particular , minority students. This year our district is one of the final four districts chosen for the prize.
This truly is a great honor for our district. The prize is the largest given each year and is considered to be the “Nobel Prize” of Education. You may have read about it in the LA times, Press Enterprise, or have seen the report on ABC News about our district being in the final four.
Well, that news gets even better for students graduating from high school in 2013. Our district will receive $150,000 in college scholarship money for students graduating in 2013 just for being named as a finalist district. If we win the award then there will be another $550,000 added to that scholarship fund!
During May, the Broad Foundation sent their research group out to our district and the other three nominated districts to interview teachers, parents, administrators, classified staff, and students about the schools and their programs. They did classroom visits and in-depth research at six representative schools to determine the winner. The other nominated districts are located in Florida and Texas. The winning district will be announced next October.
Whether or not we win the top prize, we all feel proud to be nominated. Very few California school districts have ever had that honor. As parents you share in that honor because a large part of our success is due to the support you provide for our schools, our teachers, and your own kids.