Jennifer Medina reports in the New York Times today that
The Broad Foundation takes a comprehensive approach to transforming public K-12 education in urban areas. Comprehensiveness makes the foundation somewhat less willing to ruffle feathers, particularly those of teachers unions, than some reformers would like. For example, they recently awarded $1 million to the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) to open the first union-run charter schools in NYC. And after the Broad award yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein marched with Randi Weingarten, the president of the city teachers’ union, and Ernest Logan, the president of the principals’ union.
The Broad Foundation’s investments in education include extensive support of personnel preparation programs, including Teach for
The Broad Prize was started in 2002. Previous winners include Boston Public Schools (2006), Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia (2005), Garden Grove Unified School District in California (2004), Long Beach Unified School District in California (2003) and the Houston Independent School District (2002).