AASA Applauds 2014 Broad Prize Winners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 22, 2014 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement of The Broad Prize for Urban Education. For the first time in its history, two school districts—Gwinnett County Public Schools (Ga.) and Orange County Public Schools (Fla.) were chosen in the same year. The two districts will split the $1 million prize and each will receive $500,000 in college scholarships for their high school seniors.
“AASA congratulates these outstanding school districts for being named co-winners of the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education. I commend AASA member Superintendents J. Alvin Wilbanks (Gwinnett) and Barbara Jenkins (Orange) for the tireless work they’re doing in an effort to raise the levels of academic achievement in their respective school systems.
“The school districts being honored are models of what is going right in our public schools today. I congratulate the hard working staff in these school districts and the communities where they are located. Most of all, I am thrilled for the students. They’re the ones coming to school every day and we know they’re receiving a world-class education.”
Orange County Public Schools is a first-time finalist, and Gwinnett County Public Schools won the 2010 Broad Prize after being a finalist in 2009.
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