District Dispels Myth, Wins National Award

The Long Beach Unified School District recently won The Education’s Trust’s first annual Dispelling the Myth Award as one of the highest performing, most improved school systems in the nation. Education Trust West also honored the district during the first All Kids, All Stars Awards for high performing schools that serve diverse populations. The Dispelling the Myth Award went to Long Beach and only seven other school districts nationwide. "Through high expectations, hard work, and smarter ways of working, these schools and districts are helping to dispel the devastating myth that poor and minority children cannot learn at high academic levels," The Education Trust announced. "Day in and day out, they remind us that we can’t turn back the clock on our commitment to fulfill the true promise of American education for all of this nation’s public school children." The seven other Dispelling the Myth Award winners were Boston Public Schools, Garden Grove Unified School District and Fontana Unified School District in California, Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky, Aldine Independent School District in Texas, Houston Independent School District, and Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia. The Education Trust worked in partnership with the Broad Foundation and the National Center for Educational Accountability to bring together the finalists and winners of the national Broad Prize for Urban Education at a recent conference, which included the Dispelling the Myth Awards ceremonies. The conference sessions offered a chance for educators and administrators from throughout the U.S. to learn directly from school systems that are helping low-income and minority children achieve at much higher levels. "Effective and efficient urban school systems are the key to a healthy and thriving democracy," said Eli Broad, Founder of The Broad Foundation. "The Education Trust is providing a vital forum for educators to share best practices and therefore better serve our nation’s children. The Broad Foundation is proud to be a partner in this effort." Education Trust West also honored Long Beach and five other high-performing California school districts with the first All Kids, All Stars Awards. The five other districts were Fontana, Garden Grove, Madera, San Diego and San Jose. Described frequently as "the most important truth teller in American education," the Education Trust was established in 1990 in Washington D.C. by the American Association for Higher Education to support K-12 reform.