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NEA applauds winner of 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education

Georgia’s Gwinnett County Public Schools win $1 million for college scholarships


WASHINGTON - October 19, 2010 -

Georgia’s Gwinnett County Public Schools today nabbed the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education, which provides $1 million in college scholarships for that district’s high school students.

The runners-up, which each won $250,000 for student scholarships, include Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, and the Socorro Independent School District and the Ysleta Independent School District, both in El Paso, Texas.  Since 2002, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has been honoring five large urban school districts each year that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement while narrowing achievement gaps between income and ethnic groups.

Georgia’s Gwinnett County Public Schools, which received the Broad prize, the nation’s largest K–12 public education award, is once again celebrating the hard work, commitment, and success of public education employees and students.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“The National Education Association and its 3.2 million members congratulate Gwinnett County Public Schools on winning the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education.  For years, educators there have worked hard to close the achievement gaps in its schools. Today the Broad award recognizes the hard work—and many successes—in Gwinnett County and in other urban public schools.

“While achievement gaps present great challenges in public education, especially in urban areas, the Broad prize is testament to the fact that that in many places, these challenges are being addressed.

“This is an important time to recognize good news in urban education. And the scholarships that will be funded through the Broad Prize will help students continue to achieve and to realize a brighter future.” 

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