Ga.'s Gwinnett District Wins $1 Million Prize From Broad Foundation
District Cited for Closing Achievement Gap
The Gwinnett County, Ga., school district , located just outside Atlanta, last week was named the winner of the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education for 2010. The annual award, announced Oct. 18 in New York City, honors large urban school systems that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement while narrowing performance gaps between different groups based on family income and ethnicity.
The 161,000-student district, led since 1996 by J. Alvin Wilbanks, will receive $1 million in college-scholarship money for students graduating in 2011. Gwinnett County was also a finalist for the award last year. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation , in Los Angeles, established the program in 2002.
The four other finalists this year are the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district in North Carolina, the Montgomery County, Md., public schools, and the Socorro and Ysleta districts in Texas. Each of those districts will receive...
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