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PHILADELPHIA — Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who left abruptly a year and a half ago after clashing with local officials, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer, according to her son. She was 66.

Anthony Antognoli said his mother died in Albuquerque, N.M., where she lived. He said she hadn't been ill long and it was too short a battle.

Superintendent William Hite Jr. said he expressed deepest sympathies to Ackerman's loved ones on behalf of the Philadelphia school district.

Mayor Michael Nutter praised her as a truly committed educator who demonstrated a profound passion for students and in particular the most disadvantaged students in our city.

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