Last January I blogged about MNPS being nominated for the Broad Prize (New York won). Then I noted it was founded by some Southern California folks. Now with MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Pedro Garcia refusing to deny rumors that he's being interviewed by the San Diego school district this seems, again, like very convenient timing.
How MNPS could be nominated and yet be considered a failing district by the State of Tennessee is a wonderment to most of us.
The $1 million Broad (rhymes with "road") Prize is an annual award that honors large urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students. The money goes directly to graduating high school seniors for college scholarships. http://www.broadprize.org/The things you find doing a Google search. Last year the LATimes had Garcia on a list of potential new superintendents for their district. They gave the odds as 500:1 he'd make it.
Nathan Moore weighs in on this nomination also.