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2014 Urban School Board Excellence Award winners: Fulton County and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) today announced the large district winners of the 2014 Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence; Georgia’s Fulton County Schools and Tennessee’s Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

“Both Fulton County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools have shown tangible results due to both strong leadership and innovative change,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA. “Their success stories are inspiring and have the opportunity to strengthen and propel change in other large school districts.”

At CUBE’s Annual Conference in Miami, Fulton County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools had the opportunity to showcase their work and share their success stories and best practices, highlighting the crucial connection between effective school board governance and student achievement.

Fulton County Schools, is the fourth largest school system in Georgia, and its largest charter system. Fulton County Schools serves approximately 96,300 students in 58 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 17 high schools, and seven charter organizations. Fulton County Schools fully recognizes the importance of strong leadership, thoughtful governance, and community engagement. With conviction in local school decision-making, Fulton County’s successful theory of action is based on the belief that decisions on how schools allocate their time, resources, and money are best made at the school level.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools serves a diverse student population of over 83,000, 72 percent of which are economically disadvantaged and approximately 20 percent coming from non-English language backgrounds.  Clearly a success story, the district was in ‘restructuring status’ in 2009, and now, a few years later, the district is in good standing for academic progress, with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools ranking in the top 27 percent of Tennessee districts. 

In addition to each receiving a $2,500 award check, Fulton County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools are featured in articles in the fall issue of Urban Advocate, CUBE’s quarterly publication, and will be highlighted throughout the year, following their continued success.

The CUBE annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence is supported by NSBA’s corporate partner, Sodexo.

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