Miami-Dade School District Named Finalist for Broad Prize

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

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:

  • Corona-Norco Unified School District in Southern California 
  • Houston Independent School District
  • and the school district of Palm Beach County.

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.

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