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February 11, 2013
Arlene was a superb educator and leader. She was my mentor when I was the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Arlene had the courage to confront the bureaucracy, the powerful and special interests. The latter two are consumed with self interest and not the well-being of children. Being an urban city superintendent is the most thankless job in America. Arlene knew that. She would always say, if I can just last three years, then perhaps I can change enough of the system to benefit the children. That was her focus. Philadelphia was a mess and the then Gov and Mayor called her out of retirement at Columbia University to take over the District. When you take into account the increase in student achievement & the stabilization of the District, she was highly successful. However, it was politics that forced her out. Arlene, you were a warrior for our children. I'm sure God knows that and will bless you. Rest in peace, sister.
February 11, 2013
May the Lord comfort you at this difficult time. She will be missed.
February 10, 2013
My condolences for your loss. "Anyone who goes to bat for our deprived and misguided children,is and always will be,a Hero of mine"! May God be pleased with her work. Continued blessing's to the Family! Peace.
February 10, 2013
My condolences for your loss. I pray that "the God of all peace" (Romans15:33) comforts your family during this difficult time.
February 10, 2013
A true educator is what Dr. Ackerman was. She will be missed.
February 09, 2013
To Arlene's family
You should be so proud of your Mom. She fought the good fight for public school children. She will be missed.
...... a childhood (St.Louis) friend,
Dr. Claire Lockman Boyce-Atlanta
February 09, 2013
I once asked Arlene, "How do you do this everyday?" She said...you have to be dedicated to the children and believe in your cause. She then said you also need to have tough skin..lol. She was an incredible boss...We still talk about her in DCPS
February 08, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
February 07, 2013
To the family of Arlene, her light will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of so many.
February 07, 2013
This strong woman was indeed a role model. The citizens of Austin, Texas was able to hear her share her "Parent University" idea to connect school, home and family. We were so blessed by her presence. Her legacy lives in the heart of many. I bless her sons and grandchildren. She is a hero!

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Arlene with Hillary Clinton Thank you for believing in the children of Philadelphia. Your legacy lives in Philadelphia forever.

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