The Best of the Best
There’s a lot of focus on struggling urban schools, but this podcast from the Merrow Report highlights urban school districts that have found success. John Merrow, a long-time education broadcaster, sat down with the leaders of five school districts-- Boston; Bridgeport, Conn.; Jersey City, N.J.; Miami-Dade, Fla.; New York City and Norfolk, Va.—whose districts were all finalists for this year's Broad Foundation prize. The annual prize awards $1 million to the top urban school district in the nation. The superintendents talk with Mr. Merrow about everything from contract negotiations with unions to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The winner, by the way, announced in September, was the Boston district. Read about it in Education Week's story.