FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2016
Today, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced Texas’ IDEA Public Schools as the winner of the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools at the National Charter Schools Conference in Nashville, TN. The Texas-based charter management organization (CMO) will receive $250,000 to support college-readiness for their largely Hispanic student population.
“On behalf of the Texas Charter Schools Association, I want to offer our congratulations to IDEA Public Schools on winning the Broad Prize this year,” said David Dunn, Executive Director. “I am delighted that IDEA is receiving well-earned recognition for providing a quality public education to students and families. I hope this award becomes a tradition for schools in the Lone Star State!”
IDEA serves more than 24,000 students in 44 schools throughout the Austin, Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio regions. Nearly 90 percent of IDEA’s students are low-income, and 95 percent are Hispanic.
Two out of the three finalist this year were Texas-based charter schools and included IDEA Public Schools and Yes Prep Public Schools of Houston, along with Success Academy Charter Schools of New York. The first Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools was awarded in 2012 to Yes Prep Public Schools and in 2014, the recipient was KIPP Schools, which began in Houston, Texas.