Broad Prize for Urban Education



The $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education is the largest education award in the country that is given to school districts. It is awarded annually to honor urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing gaps among low-income and minority students. Each year, Broad Prize scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors in the finalist and winning districts who demonstrate a record of academic improvement during their high school careers, as well as have a financial need.

A distinguished group of the country’s top educational leaders serves as the Review Board for The Broad Prize. Review Board members examine performance indicators, demographic statistics and other information about the urban school districts that are eligible for The Broad Prize. Based on their examination, the Review Board narrows the list of 75 eligible school districts to four finalists. A separate Selection Jury determines the winner from among the four finalists.

2014: Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia; Orange County Public Schools, Florida
2013: Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas
2012: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida
2011: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina
2010: Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia
2009: Aldine Independent School District, Texas
2008: Brownsville Independent School District, Texas
2007: New York City Department of Education, New York
2006: Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts
2005: Norfolk Public Schools, Virginia
2004: Garden Grove Unified School District, California
2003: Long Beach Unified School District, California
2002: Houston Independent School District, Texas



Nancy Que



Prize Amount:
$1 million

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