Posted: Sep 25, 2013 10:00 AM
Updated: Sep 25, 2013 10:01 AM
HOUSTON (AP) Houston's public school district has won more than a half-million dollars in college scholarships for its high school seniors in a private foundation's annual recognition of student achievement gains in big-city school districts.
The Houston Independent School District was named winner of the 2013 Broad (brode) Prize for Urban Education in an announcement Wednesday in Washington from Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
The Broad Foundation was founded by Los Angeles-based philanthropist Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe.
Houston won the first Broad Prize in 2002 and was a finalist in 2012. This year it won over districts from Riverside County, Calif., San Diego and Cumberland County, N.C.
The $550,000 top prize goes to the district showing strongest student improvements while reducing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color.