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POSTED: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 9:57 AM

Arlene C. Ackerman, 66, a lifelong educator who led the Philadelphia School District for three years, died of pancreatic cancer Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., school district officials said.

Dr. Ackerman was as a colorful, controversial figure during her tenure in Philadelphia, which began in June 2008 and lasted until August 2011. She called it her "last stand for kids."

She was a firm believer that all children could achieve, and pushed an agenda that focused on funneling resources to the neediest students.

POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013, 2:24 PM
William R. Hite Jr. says his Phila. school plan is workable and revenue-neutral. (Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer)

More Philadelphia public schools will be given to charter organizations in September, the district's fourth go-round in its "Renaissance Schools" process. 

The district on Friday released a request for proposals for 2013-14 charter operators, no big surprise since officials have been saying for months that while they won't be authorizing any new standalone charters for next year, they like the Renaissance charter model and will continue to use it as a way to improve failing schools.

Officials said they would release the details of this year's crop of Renaissance schools on Feb. 11.  A spokeswoman declined to say how many schools will be given to charters this year.

About this blog

Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham writes the Philly School Files blog, where she covers education in Philadelphia, both in and out of the classroom.

During the school year, you’ll frequently find her hosting live chats about the district on

Please do pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter.

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