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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.
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