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The city that lured former D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has also won over former Deputy Superintendent Elois Brooks, who has teamed up with Ackerman again by becoming the chief of staff for the San Francisco public-school system this month. Brooks didn’t experience too many tearful goodbyes when she left the District. During her two years as Ackerman’s sidekick, she built a reputation as an aggressive reformer, as well as a tactless and snarling negotiator, earning her the nickname “the Doberman” among some parents. But in a welcoming article, the San Francisco Chronicle turned the other cheek, noting that Brooks and Ackerman “are as close as sisters and share an interest in some of the same things: Motown, jazz, chocolate chip cookies and shopping at Neiman Marcus.” Aww.

—Laura Lang