Louise Sedotto and Alan Cohen, principals of Bronx schools P.S. 76 and P.S. 69, respectively, were honored for their excellence in separate ceremonies.
In September, the New York City school system received the Broad Prize for Urban Education, which is given each year to the urban area whose schools show the greatest improvement in student performance and who work to lessen the gap among economically disadvantaged and minority students. New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein selected Ms. Sedotto and P.S. 76 to represent the schools during a news conference at the Waldorf-Astoria, where President Bush recognized Ms. Sedotto and several P.S. 76 students as exemplifying public school excellence.
In October, Mr. Cohen was awarded the Time Warner "Principals of Excellence" prize along with four other New York City principals selected from among more than 350 nominations. P.S. 69 and each of the other four schools received $20,000. With the initiatives that Mr. Cohen implemented after becoming principal, P.S. 69 has risen from its designation by the state as a "School in Need of Improvement" to a school where standardized test scores have risen 40%, and where the students consistently outperform some of their peers at other schools.
ETM congratulates Ms. Sedotto and Mr. Cohen. We are proud to have partnerships with such motivated principals and to be part of the process of supporting improvement at these schools.