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Marva Collins Dead at 78

Chicago education activist Marva Collins has died.

She was 78.

According to the school founder’s son, Collins died Wednesday night in South Carolina.

Collins started West Side Preparatory School in Chicago Garfield Park neighborhood in 1975. She also founded the “Collins Method,” a style of education that focused on phonics, math, reading, English and the Classics.

Unfortunately, West Side Prep closed its doors in 2008 due to a lack of funds.

Collins’ work at Westside Preparatory was turned into a movie in the 1980s. She was sought out for her expertise in the field of education by parents, fellow educators and even President Ronald Reagan — who courted her for secretary of education.

The school, which focused on high-risk children, garnered national attention for its soaring achievements.

Our condolences go out to Ms. Collins loved ones at this difficult time.