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After 13 years, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has announced that it is suspending the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education that has been awarded annually to the urban school district which the Broad Foundation deemed was improving academic achievement and at the same time “narrowing gaps among low-income students and students of color.” The Broad Foundation says it is “pausing” the award until it can be updated “to better reflect and recognize the changing landscape of K-12 public education.”
A primary problem is that there has been no real change at all in the landscape of student achievement in America’s big city public schools. The wave of test-based-accountability in the 13 years since passage of the No Child Left Behind Act hasn’t altered the landscape. That’s the real reason why the Broad Foundation is suspending its prize.
Writing for Education Week‘s “District Dossier” column, Denisa Superville…
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