Update: HISD won the award, according to a publicist for the Broad Foundation. Way to go, y'all!
For the first time in ten years, the Houston Independent School District has a crack at winning a national competition that would net the district's seniors $550,000 in college scholarships.
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The Broad Prize, awarded by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, "is the largest education award in the country that recognizes the urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color," according to a Foundation press release.
The 75 largest urban school districts are eligible for the award, but now it's down to HISD and three other districts. The winner will be announced Wednesday. (HISD won the inaugural event in 2002).
Even if HISD doesn't nab the top prize, seniors will still be in luck: all three finalists will win $150,00 for their seniors.
"School officials will host a 'watch party' to view a live webcast of the announcement event from the Library of Congress," according to the press release. We hear things can get pretty wild at these parties -- and at the LOC in general -- so we hope D.C. is bracing itself for one heck of a party. We've got our fingers crossed for HISD, but really, it's cool for the district to even be a finalist.