CINCINNATI, March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. educator Marva Collins threatened to have her name removed from two Cincinnati-area schools named after her, saying she has no relationship with them.
The 68-year-old Collins, who continues to train teachers and lives in Hilton Head, S.C., said Tuesday neither she nor her son Eric is a board member of either Marva Collins Schools in Roselawn and Silverton, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
"I will allow no one to be the keeper of my history, the keeper of my reputation. ... I'm not saying it's a bad school; I don't know that. It's not a Marva Collins school, and that's the only truth I can deal with," Collins said at a sometimes raucous news conference in Cincinnati.
Collins gained world renown when she founded a Chicago school in which poor black students made great strides in closing the achievement gap with their middle-class, white counterparts. She received a humanitarian award from President Bush in 2004.