Broad Prize: Elite Club or Catalyst for Change?
When the Broad Prize for Urban Education was created in 2002, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad said he hoped the awards, in addition to rewarding high-performing school districts, would foster healthy competition; boost the prestige of urban education, long viewed as dysfunctional; and showcase best practices.
Over the 10 years the prize has been given out, it has become a coveted honor. But whether the reforms the award program champions have spread widely to other urban districts is harder to discern.
This year, all the finalists had been there before. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., district, honored in September as the 10th winner , had been nominated twice. The Florida districts of Miami-Dade County and Broward County have made it to the final round four and three times, respectively. The Ysleta district in El Paso, Texas, was...
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