Memorial services have been scheduled for Arlene C. Ackerman, the former superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, in Philadelphia and Albuquerque, N.M.
In Philadelphia, a memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th St. A memorial service in Albuquerque is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Fellowship Baptist Church, 8550 Saul Bell Rd.
Ackerman, 66, who was superintendent in Philadelphia for three years ending in August 2011, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Albuquerque.
Both memorial services will be officiated by the Rev. Kevin R. Johnson, pastor of Bright Hope.
Ackerman began teaching in her native St. Louis in 1968. She also worked as a teacher, principal and administrator in Chicago and Seattle. She was superintendent of schools in Washington from 1998 through 2000. She led the San Francisco school district until 2006.
Ackerman was a professor at Columbia University Teachers College until 2008, when she was appointed superintendent in Philadelphia.