There is very little good news about America’s public school system these days. So, let’s hear it for the Boston Public School system! They’ve won the Broad Prize–worth $500,000!!! Boston has been in the running for five years in a row. This year they won the top honor.
The Broad Prize is awarded to urban school districts that make positive changes in the way they teach students in their poorest schools. Boston’s school district is 75% low income. though they have a high rate of poor students, they’ve been dedicated to providing a high quality education.
Eli and Edyth Broad are founds of the Broad Foundation. According to Eli Broad, Boston was chosen because “…stable leadership in the school district and the city, as well as data-driven teaching, leads to strong student performance.”
Other prize winners were districts in Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, and New York.