From The Houston Chronicle: The Houston-based charter school YES Prephas won a national award for its success at educating mostly poor, minority students. The award, from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, comes with $250,000 for YES to use toward efforts to prepare its students for college. This is the first year the foundation has given an award, called the Broad Prize, to honor a charter school operator. The foundation also has a prize for traditional school systems YES started as a small program at an elementary and then became a state-approved charter school. YES now has 10 middle and high school campuses in Houston, serving about 5,400 students.