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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - As the School Reform Commission decides on a new superintendent, a watchdog group wants the public in the loop on contract terms.

It’s down to the final two candidates. And the government watchdog group Committee of Seventy wants the School Reform Commission to release a broad outline of the perks the SRC is willing to give its new superintendent.

“The problem, of course, is that Arlene Ackerman, the last Superintendent, got a big salary and a lot of bonuses and a lot of side deals,” Seventy’s CEO Zack Stalberg said. “And we’re trying to avoid that.”

Stalberg says the public was blindsided by the personal car, retention bonuses, and other extras in Ackerman’s contract. He says he understands it’s hard to negotiate a contract in public, but the public has a right to know the general terms of the deal.

He says the School Reform Commissison has told him they’ll take his suggestion under advisement.

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