No Broad Nomination For Chicago -- Again

One more sign of impending doom.... or at least of insufficient capacity and progress:  Boston, Bridgeport, Jersey City, Miami, and NYC get nominations for the Annual Broad Foundation prize for urban district excellence.  But not Chicago.  Again.

Dade selected as one of 5 most-improved urban school districts Miami Hearald
improved test scores - especially among black, Hispanic, and low-income
students - a prominent research center has chosen Miami-Dade as one of
five finalists for a national award.

The Broad Prize for Urban Education


LOS ANGELES - The Broad Foundation announced
April 5 that four urban school districts in the Northeast and one in
Florida are the five finalists nationwide for the 2006 Broad Prize for
Urban Education, an annual $1 million prize given to urban school
districts that have made the greatest increases in student achievement.

The five finalists are:   

  • Boston Public Schools
  • Bridgeport Public Schools, Conn.
  • Jersey City School District, N.J.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • New York City Department of Education
  • The Broad (pronounced "brode") Prize for Urban Education honors the
    nation's urban school districts that improve student achievement while
    reducing achievement gaps among ethnic groups and between high- and
    low-income students. The Prize is the largest education award in the
    country given to a single school district.

    The winner of The Broad Prize will receive $500,000 in scholarships
    for graduating seniors. Each finalist district will receive $125,000 in
    scholarships. The winner will be announced on Sept. 20 at the Museum of
    Modern Art in New York City.

    "The strength of our nation depends on the strength of our schools,
    especially those in large urban districts that serve so many of our
    children," said Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation. "Broad
    Prize finalist districts are doing what some say is impossible -
    improving students' performance, regardless of their race or family
    income - while at the same time closing persistent achievement gaps.
    Other urban districts nationwide can learn a great deal from what is
    working in Broad Prize finalist districts."

    The Broad Prize was started in 2002. The inaugural winner was the
    Houston Independent School District, followed by two California
    districts -- Long Beach Unified School District in 2003 and Garden
    Grove Unified School District in 2004 -- and Norfolk Public Schools in
    Virginia last year.

    This is the second year the New York City Department of Education
    has been a finalist, and the fifth year that Boston Public Schools has
    been a contender for the education award.

    This year, 100 urban school districts nationwide were eligible for
    The Broad Prize. The five finalist districts were selected based on a
    rigorous review of data compiled and analyzed by the National Center
    for Educational Accountability (NCEA). A review board of 16 prominent
    educational leaders from across the country evaluated the data and
    selected the five finalist districts.

    Over the next two months, teams of educational researchers and
    practitioners will conduct site visits at each of the finalist school
    districts to gather statistical and qualitative information, including
    interviews with district administrators, focus groups with teachers and
    principals, and classroom observations. The teams will also talk to
    parents, community leaders, school board members and union
    representatives. The performance data and site visit reports then will
    be presented to a selection jury, comprised of 13 prominent individuals
    nationwide from business, industry, education and public service, to
    choose the winning school district.

    The National Center for Educational Accountability, based in Austin,
    Texas, is a collaborative effort of the Education Commission of the
    States, the University of Texas at Austin, and Just for the Kids. NCEA
    identifies best practices within school districts and schools and
    shares them with practitioners to promote widespread school
    improvement. NCEA's Internet address is

    The Broad Foundation is a Los Angeles-based venture philanthropy
    established in 1999 by Eli and Edythe Broad. The Foundation's mission
    is to dramatically improve student achievement in urban public school
    districts through better governance, management, labor relations and
    competition. The Broad Foundation's Internet address is

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