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Cumberland schools miss out on national award

Posted September 25, 2013

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Frank Till

— Cumberland County Schools won $150,000 in college scholarships Wednesday for its high school seniors, but it lost out on a national award for urban school districts.

The Houston Independent School District in Texas captured the 2013 Broad Prize, which recognizes the urban district that demonstrates the strongest student achievement and improvement while reducing achievement gaps amount low-income and minority students.

Cumberland County was one of three runners-up for the prize, joining districts in San Diego and Riverside, Calif.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who awarded the prize during a ceremony at the Library of Congress, said Cumberland County has shown annual 4 percentage point increases in its graduation rate in recent years and has used various strategies to put overall student achievement on a positive trajectory.

Winning the Broad Prize would have meant $550,000 in scholarships for high school seniors, but each of the runners-up received $150,000 in scholarships.


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  • justabumer Sep 25, 2013

    Cumberland finished in the top four IN THE NATION and the headline says that they "missed out" on the award. Come on WRAL, that's pathetic. How did Wake County do in this competition?

  • Jack Flash Sep 25, 2013

    I wish this article focused on the prize they won rather than the prize they could have won. This is something to celebrate, not mourn.

    Congrats, Cumberland Co!

  • ttc248 Sep 25, 2013

    Congratulations, Cumberland County. Thanks for bringing some positive attention to our North Carolina.

  • Lab mom Sep 25, 2013

    Way to go Cumberland County!!!My daughter attends middle school in Fayetteville! Great job!

  • Lab mom Sep 25, 2013

    Way to go Cumberland County!!!

  • westernwake1 Sep 25, 2013

    This still is a great achievement by the Cumberland County School system even though they did not get the top award. The entire school system should be proud of this achievement at a finalist.

  • bmatt Sep 25, 2013

    Congratulations to the Cumberland County School system! I am proud to teach with such wonderful colleagues. Very proud that the nation was able to see how far we have come. Also congratulations to the Houston School District which won the top prize. Well deserved.