Arlene Ackerman

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Embattled Superintendent Ackerman Asks SRC To Support Her Or Move On

For the first time Thursday, Arlene Ackerman admitted her future as Philadelphia Schools Superintendent is in doubt, and she called on the School Reform Commission to make a decision quickly: either support her or ask her to leave.


(Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Ackerman ‘Surprised’ By Talk Of Fundraising To Buy Out Her Contract

Meanwhile, a political watchdog group in Philadelphia says that private donations for a public sector bailout would be wrong.


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Philadelphia School District Backs Off Special Treatment For ‘Promise Academy’ Teachers

It’s a win for the teachers’ union, who said all along that their contract called for layoffs by seniority and that no group of teachers should be bypassed.


File photo: Pennsylvania state senator Anthony Williams.  (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Ackerman’s Absence From SRC Meeting Raises Questions About Her Future

Where was Superintendent Arlene Ackerman? She was not at Wednesday’s School Reform Commission meeting, amid reports that the SRC wants her out.



Activists Unhappy With Plan To Scale Back Promise Academy Schools

“If you take the Promise Academies from the 154,000 students that we educate, 85 percent of them are African-American, then it’s a disgrace,” Pamela Williams shouted.


(L-R: Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, SRC members Robert Archie and Johnny Irizarry, and SRC attorney Miles Shore.   Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Cuts $18M From ‘Promise Academies,’ Ackerman’s Future Unclear

Amid rumors swirling about the future of Philadelphia schools chief Arlene Ackerman, her administration has announced deep cuts in one of her signature programs.


(Arlene Ackerman.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

School District Says Releasing Unsigned Ackerman Agreement Was Error

The School District of Philadelphia says a draft document listing perks that were not approved for schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman should have remained under wraps.


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Hundreds Of Philadelphia School Financial Documents Released

The city has released a pile of internal documents the school district provided as part of their so-called “Education Accountability Agreement.”


(Schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, at today's meeting of the School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Arlene Ackerman Says She’s Not Trying To Bail Out

Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman calls “false” reports that she is negotiating with the School Reform Commission to buy out the remaining three years of her contract.


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Education Crisis Sets The Stage For Political Showdown

There is a political showdown on the horizon. Thursday morning there will be a hearing on funding for public schools and Mayor Michael Nutter believes soda can help secure those funds.


Stigall Show 6.13.11

Chris analyzes the latest developments in the Anthony Weiner scandal, chats with Ann Coulter about her new book Demonic, and talks with Charlie Manuel about the week ahead

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–06/13/2011

(Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, in file photo.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Councilmembers Grill Schools Chief As Funding Controversy Deepens

Arlene Ackerman wants $102 million from the city to help cover the school district’s massive deficit, but councilmembers why the school district is spending money on other programs.


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After Layoffs, Mayor Nutter Tries To Raise Money For School District In Harrisburg

On the day after the Philadelphia School District handed out thousands of layoff notices, Mayor Michael Nutter spent Tuesday pounding the pavement in Harrisburg, trying in part to drum up more money for the financially strapped school district.


(Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Judge Temporarily Halts Philadelphia School District Layoff Plan

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has granted a union request to force schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman to rescind 1,500 teacher layoffs for the time being.


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All-Day Kindergarten Saved From Philadelphia School District Budget Cuts

A new announcement from the Philadelphia School District comes as a victory for elementary education in the city.