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What she calls the “remarkable turnaround” of Atlanta schools turned Beverly Hall into an education megastar.

Adviser to a White House panel on education policy. Top leader of an urban school district. National superintendent of the year.

On Hall’s watch, Atlanta has raised graduation rates, lifted test scores, placed technology in every classroom and, perhaps most important, scrubbed its old image as an educational quagmire. This has brought Hall, superintendent since 1999, acclaim as a school reformer, praise from federal education officials, and a legacy of guiding one of the greatest improvements of an urban school system in U.S. history.

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