A Houston-area school district where 84 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch on Sept. 16 won the nation's top prize in public education, winning $1 million for making strides in student achievement, reports the Associated Press. The Aldine Independent School District, which has been a finalist for four of the last six years, was honored for showing consistent student improvement over the last 10 years. The prize money goes to scholarships for graduating seniors who show financial need and academic improvement. The Broad Prize for Urban Education is given annually to an urban district that shows the...

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