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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Aldine ISD Wins Prestigious $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education

September 16, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC - Representative Gene Green today attended the awarding of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, established by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Established in 2002 it is the largest education award in the country given to school districts. The $1 million Broad Prize is awarded each year to honor the urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students. Representative Green was joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor George Miller, and others in today’s ceremony.

“I am honored to congratulate Aldine ISD for winning the very prestigious, Broad Prize for Urban Education,” said Rep. Gene Green. “My wife taught high school algebra in Aldine for 26 years and it is where our children attended school; so I have firsthand experience with Aldine’s ability to produce the nation’s best.”

As the winner of The Broad Prize, the Aldine Independent School District will receive $1 million in college scholarships for graduating seniors next spring. Additionally, four finalists -- Broward County Public Schools in southern Florida; Gwinnett County Public Schools outside Atlanta; the Long Beach Unified School District in California; and the Socorro Independent School District in Texas -- will each receive $250,000 in college scholarships.

"Aldine deserves to celebrate today," said Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, which sponsors The Broad Prize. "Aldine has demonstrated that when an entire community and district work together with a singular focus on educating every child, they can succeed, even against the odds of poverty. Their success holds valuable lessons for other urban districts trying to do the same."

The $2 million Broad Prize is an annual award that honors the five large urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement while narrowing achievement gaps between income and ethnic groups. The money goes directly to graduating high school seniors for college scholarships. Aldine ISD has been recognized as a finalist four out of the last 6 years.

“Through their unwavering dedication to student achievement, hard work, and use of the best practices in the country, I have no doubt that Aldine ISD will continue to be a leader in education for years to come,” said Green.

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