Four school districts, including two in Florida, will vie for $1 million in college scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.
The annual Broad Prize for Urban Education honors a school district that demonstrates the "best overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students." One district will win $550,000 in scholarships for seniors who will graduate in 2012; the other three finalists will win $150,000 each.
The finalists announced today are Broward County Public Schools in Florida, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida, and Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas. All four districts have been finalists in the past, with Miami-Dade County being nominated in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
[Learn about last year's finalists.]
In 2010, Gwinnett County Public Schools outside Atlanta won $1 million in scholarships from the organization, and four others earned $250,000. This year's winner will be announced on September 20 in Washington, D.C.