A cover story in the national publication Education Week
describes the Long Beach Unified School District as a model for other school systems.
“Regardless of whether the Long Beach Unified School District wins the Broad Prize for Urban Education this month, it has already set a standard for others to follow,” writes Lynn Olson in the article, “Inside the Long Beach Way.”
Olson notes that LBUSD is one of five finalists for the $1 million National Broad Prize for Urban Education, the nation's largest education prize given to school districts. Long Beach is the first former winner of the prize to return to the competition as a finalist.
“LBUSD’s reappearance on the list after earning the prize in 2003 raises interesting questions about how districts sustain and deepen school improvement over time,” Olson writes.
The annual Broad Prize honors large urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among various ethnic and socioeconomic groups of students. The winner will be announced Sept. 18 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The Education Week article provides an overview of successful reforms implemented in Long Beach schools during the past 15 years.