September 16, 2009
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On the 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education
The Aldine (Texas) Independent School District today received the 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education for its progress in raising student achievement. The annual award from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation provides $1 million to the winner and $250,000 to four other finalists.
WASHINGTON—We congratulate the Aldine-AFT and the Aldine Independent School District for winning the 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education. Aldine’s students are succeeding because of the dedication and commitment of teachers and school staff, many of whom are proud AFT members. They work closely with and for their students every day. We are grateful to the Broad Foundation for its ongoing support of public education and for shining a light on success stories in Aldine and in urban districts across the nation.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.