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National Broad Prize Reviewers to Visit

A team of experienced researchers and education practitioners will visit local schools Monday through Thursday next week to help determine whether the Long Beach Unified School District will win the national Broad Prize for Urban Education.

The school district last month was named one of five finalists for the $1 million Broad Prize, the largest education prize in the nation given to school districts. Long Beach is the first former winner since the prize began in 2002 to return to the competition as a finalist.

The reviewers will visit Lee and Webster elementary schools, Hill Classical Middle School, Robinson K-8 Academy and Cabrillo High School to collect additional quantitative and qualitative data and to observe best practices in action.

As a finalist, LBUSD will receive at least $125,000 in scholarships for graduating high school seniors and will compete for a total of $500,000 in scholarships. In all, $1 million in scholarships goes to the finalists and top winner.

The annual award honors large urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students.

LBUSD won the Broad Prize in the 2003-04 school year and was one of the top five finalists in 2002-03. If the school district wins the top prize this year, it will be the first school system in the nation to win the award twice.

The winner of the 2007 Broad Prize for Urban Education will be announced September 18, 2007 at a news conference and celebratory luncheon at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.