AASA Applauds Houston Schools—2013 Broad Prize Winner


James Minichello
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Terry GrierAlexandria, Va. – Sept. 26, 2013 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, congratulates the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for winning the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education. HISD, the only district in the nation to win the award twice, will receive $550,000 in college scholarships for its high school seniors. 

“Houston is a model school district that we can all look at to find out what is going right in education today,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “I commend Superintendent Terry Grier for the work he’s doing not only on the district level but nationwide. Serving as a mentor in our National Superintendent Certification Program, he provides other superintendents, striving to bring their craft to the next level, with the benefit of leaning on a proven winner.”  

Grier is a 30-year member of AASA. “Quality should not be determined by zip code. Every child should have the same exposure to excellence,” he said at AASA’s 2012 National Conference on Education. “Every child is entitled to have a quality teacher in every classroom.” 

Houston first won the Broad Prize in 2002, the award’s inaugural year, and the district was a finalist in 2012, bringing its total prize winnings to $1.2 million in college scholarships for its students.

The three finalists included the Corona-Norco Unified School District (Riverside County, Calif.), Cumberland County Schools (North Carolina) and the San Diego Unified School District. Each will receive $150,000 in college scholarships. 


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.