The foundation said in a statement Monday that it has seen “sluggish academic results from the largest urban school districts in the country,” which was a factor in its decision to pause handing out the prize. The foundation said it typically has at least four finalists for the prize. In 2014, Gwinnett and the Orange County Public School system in Orlando were the only two finalists. The two districts shared last year’s prize.
Broad officials said they will evaluate the prize’s goal, which is to encourage improvement in the nation’s public schools.