GCPS deserving of national honor

Gwinnett County likes to brag on its public schools, and the quality of education provided is often cited as a major draw to living here. More proof of that comes Wednesday when Gwinnett County Public Schools finds out if it has won the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education.

Winning the award, which honors school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement, particularly for minority and low-income students, would bring $1 million in scholarship money for students who graduate in 2010. As one of five finalists, GCPS is guaranteed $250,000 in scholarships.

Over the years, GCPS has garnered national attention, from Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks being a finalist for Superintendent of the Year, to having a National Elementary Counselor of the Year and having 12 high schools named to Newsweek magazine's top high schools list.

But this is for the biggest of prizes, the most prestigious honor GCPS has ever been up for. And when the winner is announced on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it would be fitting for a system with such a good reputation to earn this highest of honors.

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