Boston District Wins Broad Foundation’s Award
Urban education prize honors score gains.
After four years as a finalist, the Boston school district won the Broad Prize for Urban Education last week in recognition of its success improving achievement, especially among racial- and ethnic-minority groups.
Boston won the prize only three months after the retirement of Thomas W. Payzant, who orchestrated key improvements during more than a decade as superintendent. “The fifth time’s the charm,” Mr. Payzant said in a telephone interview from New York City, shortly after the award was announced there on Sept. 19.
As the winner, the Boston district gets $500,000 to be used to provide college scholarships for students. The other finalists this year—the school districts in Bridgeport, Conn., Jersey City, N.J.; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; and New York City—will each receive...
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