U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and philanthropist Eli Broad on Wednesday announced that the Houston Independent School District won the nation's largest education prize.
San Diego Unified was honored as one of four finalists that had vied for the award, which recognizes academic achievement and innovative leadership in urban districts that typically have many poor and minority students. The other contenders were the Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County and Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina.
Although local educators were disappointed that San Diego Unified did not take home the top prize, many celebrated the recognition that came with being named a finalist.
"We've been recognized as one of the four best districts in the United States of America - that's pretty amazing," said Kevin Beiser, vice president of the San Diego school board. "It would have been great to get the gold medal. But the silver or bronze is nice, too."