Gwinnett County schools up for $1M national prize
ATLANTA (AP) - The Gwinnett County public school district may
soon join the elite ranks of school systems in New York City and
Boston as one of the top urban school districts in the country.
It's one of five finalists for the Broad (pronounced "Brode")
Prize for Urban Education. The prize honors school systems that
have showed the most improvement in student achievement,
particularly for minorities and low-income students.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will announce the winner
Wednesday at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The prize includes $1 million in scholarships for students
graduating from the winning district in 2010 and $250,000 for
scholarships for the other systems.
Gwinnett, just north of Atlanta, is the largest school district
in Georgia with about 160,000 students.