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Marva Collins wamts to protect her name

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.

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"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.

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