It’s been ten years since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took control of the Philadelphia school system, but even those who initially supported the state takeover acknowledge a seemingly neverending torrent of problems.
The head of Philadelphia’s embattled School Reform Commission — attorney Robert Archie — has resigned, along with member Johnny Irizarry, and now it is up to Mayor Nutter to fill those seats.
Mayor Nutter says it’s time to look ahead, now that the Arlene Ackerman buyout drama is over.
Chris reviews last night’s Republican Debate, has the new details of Superintendant Arlene Ackerman’s buyout, and insight on Phillies Outfielder John Mayberry Jr’s dating habits.
The rainy weather didn’t put a damper on attitudes about the first day back to school.
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.
Chris speaks with a local activist lawyer who says Arlene Ackerman was fired for racism, to Deborah Norville about earthquakes and hurricanes. Plus Camden is paying students $100 to show up, and the ‘Hot Sauce Mom’ has been convicted of child abuse.
Without comment, the School Reform Commission has unanimously okayed the 900-thousand dolalr buyout for ex-superintendent Arlene Ackerman.
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.
The School Reform Commission votes today on the half-million dollars in public money being put toward Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s $905,000 buyout.
The fact that anonymous, private donations paid for nearly half of Arlene Ackerman’s $900,000 buyout is raising questions.
Chris reacts to Arlene Ackerman’s buyout money and speaks to Jeff Gammage; gets updated on Libya by Mike Lyons and PA State Rep Mike Truitt has some ideas about curbing spending on State funded pensions.
The School Reform Commission issued a statement that Ackerman will be paid $905,000, the amount due on the remainder of her contract.
Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter is backing the decision to remove Arlene Ackerman as schools superintendent, and he is glad the taxpayers’ portion of the buyout was limited to half a million dollars.
PFT president Jerry Jordan admits he won’t miss her.