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Constance E. Clayton, who served for 11 years as the superintendent of the Philadelphia schools before stepping down last summer, has been given an award for excellence in urban education.

The Richard R. Green Award, named in honor of the late New York City schools chancellor, was given this month by the Council of the Great City Schools and the ServiceMaster Corporation.

Ms. Clayton, who had the longest tenure of any current head of a large urban district, left office in response to a state early-retirement program.

During her tenure, Superintendent Clayton was credited with balancing the district's budget, achieving labor peace, ridding the school system of patronage, and forming numerous partnerships with business leaders.

As part of the award, Ms. Clayton will have a $10,000 college scholarship to give to the student of her choice.

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