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In Memoriam: Clifford B. Janey


Dr. Janey was one of the most inspirational superintendents I have ever encountered during my journey as a principal in DCPS. He valued my perspectives about leadership; he gave me hope when dark clouds cluttered my vision; he made so much sense; he had a powerful mind that made the most intelligent stuttered in his presence. He was an amazing scholar who had so much to offer DCPS; unfortunately, he was not given the opportunity to complete his journey as the captain of a ship that had so many old repairs covered with bandaids —- protected by outsiders —-who had no understanding of how to correctly measure the educational ingredients that were necessary to bring about positive organizational change. Dr. Janey respected all; he was genuine, caring and kind. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

I was a student at the Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in 1980 when the school was run by Headmaster Janey. This was probably one of the best-run schools in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Boston during very volatile and trying times. That school had every opportunity to be an education disaster but it was quite the opposite because of the leadership and oversight of its headmaster. I can only hope that headmasters throughout the country can emulate his talent and genius. He created a high standard that our communities need to meet - a platform for inner city children to learn and exceed. May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal. We lost a giant in education.

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