Nutter Sees No Conflict In Anonymous Donations Made To Buy Out Ackerman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The fact that anonymous, private donations paid for nearly half of Arlene Ackerman’s $900,000 buyout is raising questions.

Could the unnamed donors who ponied up $405,000 (see related story) expect favors down the road from the School Reform Commission, which controls millions of dollars’ worth of contracts?

Mayor Nutter told KYW’s Steve Tawa that if the donors’ names aren’t known, then they can’t exert influence, right?

(Nutter:)   “If the person is anonymous, then the SRC would not know and therefore it’s impossible to have that kind of influence.”

(Tawa:)  “So the SRC doesn’t know who they were, either?”

(Nutter:)   “To the best of my knowledge, they don’t.”

The private money was collected by the nonprofit Philadelphia’s Children First fund, on whose board Arlene Ackerman, SRC chair Robert Archie, and acting superintendent Leroy Nunery sit.


There was no immediate comment from the SRC.


Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Joey Vento

    I chipped in 20 bucks and a Dunkin Donuts gift card to get rid of that baboon.

  • jml225

    The Mayor can’t be that naive, can he? Disclose these “non-profits” now!

  • Bobby Room

    Come on Mr Mayor, this smells like something bad ! What are we hiding here

  • Dan

    I think the names of those who gave their money should be made public. Something does not feel right. Is it possible that those who gave her the money were those who benefited from getting work contracts from her? Remember, she was called out on several things where she paid companies to do work for the district without approval.

  • bottomline

    Another non-profit! The costs for these thousands and thousands of non-profits is probably nearly as great as welfare system in the USA. In most cases that’s just what they are, high paid welfare recipients, with very limited benefits to society. Looking at the title, Philadelphia’s Children First fund, you’d think they were concerned about children’s’ interests, like food, health, safety, books – not school system politics.

  • sickandtired

    over 400,000 to one person? It’s no wonder we need our soda taxed!

  • tom

    quite a debate here Words from the man who first said the words “United States of America”

  • kate

    the woman shouldn’t have taken a red cent for her poor performance private funded or not.
    she is a disgrace and she is teaching the children of this city the wrong lesson– if she was a executive in the private market she would be shown the front door with her severance letter in her hand to either sign within 21 days and take what was offered or sue.
    bring it on ackerman and sue the city

    • Liz

      Right on!!

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