May 16, 2008
A team of educators and researchers will visit local schools June 3 to 6 to help determine whether the Long Beach Unified School District will win public education’s biggest prize, the national Broad Prize for Urban Education.
The school district last month was named, for a remarkable fourth time, as one of five finalists for the prize. Only one other school system nationwide has achieved this honor more times than Long Beach — Boston, a five-time finalist.
Long Beach is now competing with four other school districts for the Broad Prize, which will be announced Oct. 14 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
The reviewers will visit Edison and Signal Hill elementary schools, Hoover Middle School and Millikan High School to collect data and observe best practices.
The top winner receives $500,000 in student scholarships. Four remaining finalists receive $125,000 each in scholarships. In all, the prize money totals $1 million.
The four other finalists include two school systems in Texas and two in Florida.
Long Beach won the top prize in 2003.