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February 21, 2013
When we first met I said "Barbara Sizemore was my first mentor" and Dr. Ackerman stopped cold , locked eyes with me, started to tear-up and gave me a huge hug. Dr. Ackerman was the original "gladiator", cut from the Sizemore mindset set of the child first and foremost. Philadelphia, like DC and everyother venue is unique, but Dr. Ackerman stood her ground, loudly and clearly eschewing the "politics" and put the children first. I'll miss our WWBD, "What Would Barbara Do?" sessions...
February 20, 2013
Dr. Gregory
Our deepest sympathy to the Ackerman and Randle families. May fond memories and the hand of the Lord strengthen and comfort you st this time.
February 20, 2013
I am at a loss for words. We grew up together in Overland, MO. Our families were so close. My heart breaks.
February 19, 2013
Dr. Ackerman was nothing but the truth, she walked the walk and talked the talk. She left a mark within DCPS that still has many recalling it as it was the Dr. Ackerman way of accomplishments. That will live forever in the halls of education. The power team of Ackerman and Brooks in regards to DCPS education was an awesome protocol of education.
February 11, 2013
What a pleasure and honor to have worked with such a bold and committed servant leader.
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.

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