The charter school network Uncommon Schools last week received a boost to its name recognition—as well as an infusion of cash.
The 32-school charter network based in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York was named the 2013 winner of the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. Uncommon Schools will also receive $250,000, which must be devoted to college-readiness initiatives, such as speaker series, scholarships, and campus visits.
The annual prize, now in its second year, recognizes the urban charter-management organization that “demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement in the nation in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for low-income and students of color,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation.
Uncommon Schools was recognized for closing the achievement gap for low-income students and African-American students at four times the rate as the average charter network eligible for the award.
A version of this article appeared in the July 11, 2013 edition of Education Week as Charter Network Wins Broad Prize