Houston district beats San Diego for top education prize

Houston district beats San Diego for top education prize


Broad PrizeSAN DIEGO — The San Diego Unified School District Wednesday was named a runner-up for the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education.

The district was one of four finalists for the prize, which honors districts that demonstrate improved student achievement, especially for minorities and students from low-income families.

In a news conference in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the winner was the Houston Independent School District, which will receive $550,000 in college scholarship money for its graduating seniors, courtesy of the Broad Foundation.

As runner-ups, San Diego Unified, the Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County and Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina each will receive $150,000 for a grand total of $1 million in prize money that must be doled out among graduating seniors in the four winning districts.

Today’s win marks the second time Houston has won the prestigious award since it was…

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