Miami-Dade County Public Schools will compete for the nation’s top urban education award — for the fifth time.
On Wednesday, the school district was named one of four finalists for the Broad Prize for Urban Education.
The California-based Broad Foundation awards the prize based on students’ academic performance and improvement, and on closing achievement gaps among poor and minority students.
In 2011, Miami-Dade and Broward County school districts, the nation’s fourth- and sixth-largest districts respectively, were finalists. They lost out to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.
The other three 2012 finalists:
If the district wins the prize this fall, Miami-Dade high school seniors who graduate in 2013 will receive $550,000 in college scholarships. They will receive at least $150,000 in college scholarships since the district is a finalist.