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Former Philadelphia Schools Chief Arlene Ackerman Files Unemployment Claim

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who was given a nearly $1-million buyout earlier this year, has applied for unemployment.

School District spokesman Fernando Gallard today confirmed that Ackerman wants to collect state unemployment benefits.

“The former superintendent did apply for unemployment,” Gallard told KYW Newsradio today.

This comes after taxpayers funded a $905,000 buyout when she was shown the door in August (see related story).

As part of her separation agreement, the School Reform Commission agreed not to contest any unemployment claims she might file.

The news isn’t going over well with Michael Lodise, the head of the school police officers’ union who fought for several months to get unemployment compensation — and eventually succeeded —  for 120 school police officers laid off in June.

“These people were really hurting, really needed it,” Lodise recalls.  “And here’s a woman with almost a million dollars, and she wants unemployment besides.  I just don’t understand it.”

Based on her former salary, Ackerman would be eligible for the state maximum of $573 a week.

Ackerman had no comment, referring questions to her attorney, Dean Weitzman.  Weitzman told KYW Newsradio that Ackerman qualifies for unemployment benefits because she is unemployed and was asked to leave the school district but not fired for cause.   It will be up to the state unemployment compensation board to approve Ackerman’s claim.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Eddie Sweet

    Once a trougher, always a trougher. This is pathetic, even for an education bureaucrat.

    • Chuck U Farley

      Well, she needs all the money she can get… she can afford to buy more food….how else is she going to stay that fat? Obesity is a serious problem, and staying that way costs money! You don’t think she just woke up one morning, looked at herself and said “oh, no!”…no, getting and maintaining that bod took time and serious conscientious effort. I would not be surprised if she was collecting food stamps as well. fterall, if you are black and live in Philly, you can get away with anything.

  • enemyoftheobamastate

    A woman of color abusing the system! What a novelty!

  • Briank

    She’s probably 2x dumber than a rock, gets great union pay for who knows how many years and still wants to leach off the private sector. Shocker and very typical.

    • Jawal

      I fear that only a civil war is the only way to stop this run away insanity. The Neo/com’s have ruined the public sector almost on every level. All one has to do is add up the national debt, the lack of will on the part Democrats and local elected officials to roll back spending and we have a recipe for disaster. I am beginning to wonder if the economy is allowed to collapse there might be a chance to reverse the welfare state before it is too late. I would rather be poor and free than a slave working my remaining years to feed,clothe and house others. That is immoral. Liberals have lost all sense of balance and common sense. You cannot have a decent discussion with a lib before they call you a bigot for disagreeing with them.

      • krp

        Problem is, the people of this country don’t have the stomach or the cojones for a civil war. They talk a big game and say “Wait till November” and think they can get victory at the ballot box, but losing elections doesn’t phase the liberals. The people are too fond of their iPhones and their flat screen TVs to really do what is necessary.

      • Attila The Hun

        Let me add, Jawal, your comment is a thoughtful comment.Like you, I would rather march across a snake infested swamp in 100 degree weather fighting for a cause for a thousand years if it honors God’s wishes. Keep up the commentary.I would rather be a slave and get to Heaven than be a gangsta with riches than go to Hell.



      • Attila The Hun

        Civil war is correct. Whether we want it or not. Predictable as hot weather in summer breeds bad storm.

      • Andrew P.

        A civil war huh? That’s what you think.. Just because Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” doesnt mean we should be advocating violence. In any case, it probably wouldn’t help. What we need is compromise, not conflict. Partisanship is what is destroying us. Of course the Dems and the GOP wont always agree. They need to compromise to ensure lasting results. A “super-committee” is not an example of compromise.

        I’m sure I agree with you on many subjects in the political arena, but to advocate a “civil war” is reckless. Lives will be lost, and it’s doubtful that the change will be for the better.



        OF THE POT ”

        NAME SANE ????? HH

    • Pat

      administrators are not part of the union

  • Sheeza Wun-Pursentar

    She’s a little short this month.

    Hey, buddy! Can ya spare a dime?

  • Massimo Deportado

    Another democrat in good standing.

  • nortonburgess

    Those that can’t – teach.

    And when they really suck at their job then they get paid to leave.

    • Andrew P.

      believe it or not, school systems employ more than just teachers..

      • Di Versity

        Andrew P. said:

        “believe it or not, school systems employ more than just teachers.”

        I agree. In most large districts, Dr. Ackerman. types are so numerous that it is mentally vomitous, criminal! and thank GOD the economy is shrinking so the world knows who they are!

        The 99% ONE percenters!

    • Pat

      she wasn’t a teacher.

  • perseus317

    What is needed is for people to store this story away, and then publish it over all web pages the next time there are contract negotiations between the city and the teachers and administrators in its schools. We continue to throw money at schools and teachers, but there is no improvement in the educational level of our students. Money is not the answer. Accountability and alternatives (by way of vouchers) are much more effective ways of improving education.

    • Jared Synd

      Could it be dumb parents? Not enough money in the world to help out with that….

      • OneandDone

        Sorry but you can’t blame the failing school system in this country on parents! Can you sit there and say that parents across the world are better than parents here? NO! There are bad parents everywhere in the world and yet the US teachers still can’t teach!! US – worst educated students of all civilized countries!

    • Pat

      she is/was not a teacher.
      And parents of children who fail the system should be punished.

  • jnsesq

    Seems not all Ghetto Gimme Girls are necessarily 16 year old baby mamas. Class act, “Doctor.” No whut ah’m sayin’, yo?

  • D

    .Fat pig

  • Michael

    Why am I not surprised, a diverse member of this community filing for all she can steal from the hard working taxpayers of this community.

    • Ellie Light

      D E M O C R A T

      President Obama’s slow ride down Gallup’s daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history.

      Since March, Obama’s job approval rating has hovered above Carter’s, considered among the 20th century’s worst presidents, but today Obama’s punctured Carter’s dismal job approval line. On their comparison chart, Gallup put Obama’s job approval rating at 43 percent compared to Carter’s 51 percent.

  • Osamas Pajamas

    Democrats are adept at turning American civilization into a string of Thrid World dumps, all across the frkn map.

  • MichMike

    Likely making a couple of hundred grand as salary along with car and many other benefits. This is our future. Amazing how the educated class can tolerate this bs in their midst. Sickening and for sure she is not embarrassed.

  • Jose Arciniega

    I’m not sure why anyone is surprised. This is the natural result when liberalism and union power are uncontrolled.

    • SIG

      Idiot… she fought the Teachers Union. They were part of the group that wanted her out!

  • Carolyn

    I am sure GUTTY Ackerman filed for unemployment compensation since she probably invested the buyout monies, that the city taxpayers were suckered out of !!!

  • sean patriot


  • Run Twentysixmi

    Not hard to believe at all!!! Philadelphia is just one more failing, bankrupt, big city that has been run into the ground by corrupt big government, tax, and spend Democrats!!! These people are not only corrupt, they are the most incompetent idiots imaginable!!!
    They enrich themselves, prop up their union friends, while letting the schools become dangerous, rundown failures that doom generations!!!!
    Our country is doomed!!!!

  • Mary

    This is a disgusting person. She is a selfish B—H!

  • Tony Sailor

    I would do it. I make almost six figured right now, and when I leave my current employment I’ll have free medical for life. But when I choose to leave my current job, sometime next year, I might file for it also unless I choose to work. Most people in my field tyically make close to six figures on thier 2nd job, but I might decide to take some time off. If the law allows it, I’ll do it.

    • Jay

      Who is going to give you free medical coverage for life? Smells bogus to me.

      • Julius Vernon

        Actually a lot of government employees or union workers get that benefit. Pathetic that we should be flipping the bill for that.

    • Julius Vernon

      You dope. You can only collect unemployment if you were terminated, not for quitting.

      • Tom ONeill

        You mean laid off.Not terminated.

    • TonySails toy boats in his bathtub

      Obama voter huh? Gimeee gimmeeee, gimeeee.

    • John Onenut

      The law does *not* allow it. If you choose to leave your job, you are not eligible. If you are taking time off and not actively looking for a job, you are not eligible.

  • Tom ONeill

    And she waited until Obama submitted a bill to extend benifits for two years. If
    she had applied befor Obama submitted his request,she would only be eligible
    fo 26WKs.

  • I'm right and you're not

    This request shows that she would fit in well on Wall Street.

  • Kathy P.

    You have GOT to be kidding me….this is totally OUTRAGEOUS! And people wonder what Occupy and so many other Americans think of our government, both federal and local, who write the policies and laws that allow this stuff to happen?

  • harkin

    Liberalism in a nutshell, stick it totaxpayers repeatedly.

  • LostGirl

    This is beyond disgusting. And it can’t be contested? Oh, I’m sorry, but there is soooo much entitlement attitude going on here. How many Philadelphians don’t even have jobs? A coworker had a perfect suggestion: Occupy Philadelphia should go occupy in front of her house. Greed to the nth degree!!


  • Raymond A. Collier

    Files for Unemployment after receiving $905,000.00 buyout? Fricken Incredible!!!!! Have to admit, she’s got Chutzpah! Now, DENY THE REQUEST FOR UNEMPLOYMENT!!!!!! Find another line of work!

  • Frank


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