Arlene Ackerman Says She’s Not Trying To Bail Out

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman says she’s not going anywhere.

Ackerman is denying reports that she is negotiating a buyout of her contract. She called “false” reports that she was negotiating with the School Reform Commission to buyout the remaining three years of her contract.

“We came here to do a job,” she told KYW Newsradio today. “We’re going to do that job. And all the rest of this is just noise — from leaking documents that are draft, to rumors that I’m leaving, secret negotiations with the SRC — it’s simply not true.”

Ackerman admitted signing over some executive authorities to deputy superintendent Lee Nunery for July and August, but she says that was a routine matter recommended by district lawyers for any summer vacation time she takes.

Ackerman says that while it may disappoint the wishful thinking of her critics, she’s going to remain on the job.

Ackerman did say she plans to take a vacation this summer.

“I plan to take some time. I haven’t taken a real vacation in three years,” she said. “I guess you could say it’s long overdue, and I won’t apologize for it.”

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060 and Ben Simmoneau, CBS 3 Eyewitness News

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  • disappointed constituent

    It is a sad day when I read the above and see the superintendent being interviewed on the news stating that no only is she long overdue for a vacation and that while she “sometimes gets away to see her children and as much as she loves her grandchildren, that is not a real vacation”. Seriously…. did you just utter those words while espousing how your love for the children of Philadelphia keep you here? And do you really need two months to make up for your long overdue getaway! She makes and extraordinary salary of over $345000 per year and she comments on not having vacationed in 3 years. Advice: Don’t comment vacations again.

  • Zippity

    Is she worth $600,000. a year? No. No superintendent is. Get rid of her and cut the salary for the next one filling the position.

  • Al Subaie

    How about a permanent vacation for other loser administrators like Gary Clinton of Penn Law? Gary retires in 3 years.

    How does gas at $10 per gallon sound?

    The middle east knew of Bin Laden a few days before he was taken down.

    I like my BlackBerry. ;)

  • Al Subdae

    I agree, Dr. Ackerman did a good job.

  • Jack

    There is no compelling evidence suggesting Ms. Ackerman stole anything from the district. She was surprised with a $600M annual deficit and told to make ends meet. She should be lauded for getting the schools through these challenging times.

  • John

    Well I guess the children of Philadelphia will just have to suffer through, while Ms. Ackerman continues to misappropriate funds.

  • jill v.

    please take a vacation – A PERMANENT ONE! she so needs to go. she’s killing our school system.

  • Overtaxed and tired

    The issue isn’t the superintendant. Its the lack of parental involvement and accountability. the politicians simply throw money at the probllem and the short sighted administrators increase their staffs and corresponding sarlies. who can blame them.

  • Linda D Bryant


    She is what is wrong with the Educational System here in Philadelphia. She seems more concerned with making $$$$–(her excessive BONUS) rather than
    the children.

    Hopefully, the next School Superintendent will have their priorities in order!!!

  • Hater

    “I plan to take some time. I haven’t taken a real vacation in three years,” she said. “I guess you could say it’s long overdue, and I won’t apologize for it.” The only ones who are sorry are the taxpayers. Yes we can vote you out…………………………..yo

  • state engineer

    please stay on vacation becuase we will pay no matter what….

  • Danielle

    A permanent vacation is long overdue

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