Five urban school districts, including the Long Beach Unified School District, were named Wednesday as finalists for the annual $1-million Broad Prize for Urban Education, which honors urban school systems judged as making the greatest progress in raising student achievement.
Long Beach is the first former winner since the competition began in 2002 to return as a finalist, according to the Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation. A winning district is not eligible to reapply for three years.
The prize money goes to scholarships for graduating seniors.
Other finalists are Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida, the New York City Department of Education and the Northside Independent School District in northwest San Antonio.