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Pennsylvania Fiscal Watchdog Will Audit Ackerman Buyout

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog says he will audit the contract buyout for Philadelphia schools chief Arlene Ackerman and other Pennsylvania superintendents who have received payouts to vacate their posts.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner says in addition to the issue of whether the buyouts are appropriate, there is the issue of public disclosure – or the lack thereof.

“Unfortunately, these buyouts are not transparent and we don’t know why. If a superintendent is not working out within a school district, shouldn’t that contract simply be terminated without the taxpayers having to pay for the contract?”

Wagner is also advocating for legislation that would restrict the ability of school districts to buy out superintendent contracts, calling the buyouts a “scam.” He says he expects to begin seeking information as soon as next week and says how quickly the audit of Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s buyout is completed depends on the level of cooperation by district officials.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. Dear Whatsup says:

    YOU ARE TALKING RACE -ISM HERE SIR. ACCOUNTABILITY AND UNCLE TOM
    AND SLAVE MASTERS AND KITCHEN SERVANTS AND ALL DAT STUFF WE
    LEARNED GROWING UP IN DA 60’S NOW WE ZE PASS IT ON TO OUR KIDS
    SO A WHOLE NEW GENERATION LEARNS TO AVOID THAT WORD LIKE THE
    PLAGUE. PRACTICE ? WE’RE TALKING PRACTICE !!
    ACCOUNTABILITY, THATS PREJUDICE, SIR.

    SIRS UNCLE TOM OF OXFORD CIRCLE

  2. whatsup says:

    I am sick and tired of hearing that the schools don’t get enough funding – baloney, they get more than enough it is what they do with the money that must change. More accountability is what is needed.

  3. Mayday says:

    She walks away with a million, and I’m getting ready for school by buying, out of pocket, the paper and supplies the school district ‘can’t afford’ to give me for my students. Oh yeah, on my ridiculously overpaid 60K a year. Ludicrous.

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