BOSTON, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- City Year, Inc, an education-focused, national nonprofit that deploys diverse teams of young people to serve in America's highest-need schools, issued the following statement today regarding the Broad Foundation's announcement that Miami Dade County Public Schools had won the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The statement was signed by City Year, Inc. national CEO and Co-Founder, Michael Brown, national President, Jim Balfanz, and City Year Miami Executive Director Saif Ishoof.
"City Year congratulates Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and his colleagues at Miami-Dade County Public Schools for winning the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education, the most prestigious award in American education.
"We are inspired by the impressive results achieved by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, as noted by The Broad Foundation in its announcement: MDCPS had outperformed peer districts in academic achievement, increased the number of minority students who reached advanced academic levels, improved college-readiness levels, and raised graduation rates for minority students.
"Since 2008, City Year has partnered with Miami-Dade Public Schools to deploy teams of young people who commit to a year of full-time service, helping keep students in school and on track to succeed. We've witnessed firsthand the extraordinary transformation, under Superintendent Carvalho's leadership, that earned MDCPS the nation's highest honor in education.
"City Year is proud to partner with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and honored that in his acceptance speech, Superintendent Carvalho graciously acknowledged the partnering work of City Year, College Summit and Teach For America."
About City Year: City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.
SOURCE City Year