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Ackerman’s Criticism Of School Officials May Cost Her

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Now that she’s officially unemployed, former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman is on the offensive. In interviews, she’s blaming her departure on politicians and some school district officials.

The comments may be jeopardizing her generous buy-out.

There is a provision in Ackerman’s separation agreement that she will not make any public comments about district administrators that would injure their reputations. But in a Thursday morning interview on WURD-AM, she asserted that she was fired because she tried to give more contracts to non-white businesses and she charged finance director Michael Masch with maneuvering money to favored contractors.

“This is a way of life in Philadelphia and I wasn’t supposed to open up this can of worms. This was Michael Masch’s job to keep control over the money.”

The school district issued a statement declining to respond because, it said, it wants to keep the focus on opening schools.

A spokesman also declined comment on whether Ackerman’s statements might be enough of a breach for the school reform commission to demand she return her 905-thousand dollar severance.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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  • whatsup

    another incompetent Philly employee, she should have been forced to resign with NO buyout. Only in Philly do you get rewarded. I hope they go after her to get that money back because of her big mouth. The state should bring in an invesigator to clean out the garbage that controls Philly.

  • Old Geezer

    Forget “Go gentle into that good night”, just shut up and go away!

  • LostGirl

    Yet another disgrace for the City of Philadelphia. More money out of the pockets of hard working people, and into the coffers of an inept city employee. The payout is a slap in the face of the taxpayers, and the anonymity of the businesses who contributed to her PAYOFF is a joke. There was a time when I was proud to let people know that I was born and raised in Philly. That time has long since passed. Corruption and violence are the norm now. What a pity.

  • spraygal

    The School Board should get that money back. My taxes went up this year to pay for a school system that can’t manage their budget. The schools are in disarray and we need some leadership that doesn’t cost more than the mayor makes.

  • Brenda

    Ackerman should take example from the California superintendent who voluntarily gave himself a pay cut from $250,000 to $31,000 yearly because of his concern over the school district. I’m sure there are very qualified individuals out there with a genuine interest in improving the Philadelphia school system who would be willing to take her position at less than half her pay.

    Take a look at the article of the California school superintendent:

  • willie

    Where else but in American can a CEO get fired / forced to resign their job for under performance, have the school budget in the red & collect almost a million dorrars for f….k’g up? This woman should go to church & light a candle in thanksgiving because her payout is more than 90% of what all black families in Philly will earn in twenty years.

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