Anthony Amato, the last permanent superintendent of New Orleans' public schools before the state intervened in 2005 to remedy decades of decline, died last week at Tulane Medical Center. He was 66.
The cause of death was not disclosed. Colleagues said Mr. Amato had been ill for some time.
Mr. Amato was superintendent of the city's public schools from 2003 to 2005. Throughout his 40-year career in education, he left superintendencies under a cloud -- in New Orleans; in Hartford, Conn.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Stockton, Calif. -- because he was either voted out of office or pressured into leaving.