NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- New York City was
awarded on Tuesday the Broad Prize for Urban Education which recognizes it as
the most improved urban school district in the United States.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg accepted the prize, which
is the largest and most prestigious education award in the country, according to
a news release from the city government.
The prize is handed out annually by The ELi and Edy
the Broad Foundation to the district that has demonstrated the greatest progress
in raising academic performance for all students while also reducing the
achievement gap between ethnic groups and high and low-income students.
Eli Broad said in a statement that New York, with its
1,450 schools and 80,000 teachers, is "a model of successful urban school
Bloomberg thanked the Broad Foundation "for their
vote of confidence in the New York City public school system."
He said: "Today's results demonstrates that New York
City's reforms are raising achievement among our students, particularly minority
students, to levels that weren't considered possible just a few years ago."
But he added that "while we have made significant
progress, much work remains to be done."
According to the release, the New York City school
system of 1 million students was awarded the largest share of the 1 million
dollars Broad Prize for Public Education. It will receive 500,000 dollars in
college scholarship for graduating high school seniors.
The four other finalist school districts each won
125,000 dollars in scholarships. They are Bridgeport Public Schools, the Long
Beach Unified Public School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and
North side Independent School District in San Antonio.
This year, 100 of the nation's largest urban school
districts were eligible for the Broad Prize, and the five finalists were
selected based on an extensive review of data by MPR Associates, Inc., a
national education research consulting firm. A review board of 14 prominent
educational leaders evaluated the data and selected the