Dr. Maria Goodloe Johnson, the former Seattle Schools Superintendent, has died.

Family members say Goodloe-Johnson had been sick for about a year.

She served as Seattle School's superintendent until she was fired last year over a financial scandal in the district.

As someone who has known Maria since I arrived on the board... she was a very passionate person, a very caring person and it's a loss to the education community, said Harlium Martin-Morris, Seattle School Board member.

Seattle Public Schools issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying All of us at Seattle Public Schools are saddened to learn of the death today of our former Superintendent, Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson.

We are grateful for her years of service to Seattle Public Schools and her efforts during her four-year tenure here to put our students on the path to academic success. The fact that we have seen consistent improvements in student academic achievement is a testament to her leadership.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Bruce and daughter Maya.

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