CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- The woman who championed a public education initiative that pumped about $18 million into Chattanooga's elementary schools and helped bring about a decade of reform is stepping down from the helm of the charitable foundation that made it possible.

At the end of this year, Corinne Allen said she will retire from the Benwood Foundation after 13 years.

Under her leadership, the foundation also has focused on community development and arts and culture.

But it's the Benwood Initiative, an effort that has benefited thousands of students, that has garnered the most attention.

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