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Superintendent Arlene Ackerman

(The new West Philadelphia High School building.  Credit: Jim Melwert)

A Fresh Start For A Philadelphia School District Steeped In Controversy

After a tumultuous summer that saw the buyout of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, a new school year begins today for Philadelphia public school students.


Dr. Arlene Ackerman

Power Struggle Underway Over Ackerman’s Future With Philadelphia School District

With school starting in less than three weeks, a power struggle is fully underway at Philadelphia School District headquarters over the future of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.


(Arlene Ackerman.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Analysis: The Speculation About Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman

This past week Philadelphia schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman was notably missing from a School Reform Commission meeting leading to speculation that she is on her way out.



Beverage Industry With Repeat, Not So Sweet Reaction To Nutter Soda Tax Plan

As Mayor Nutter travels to Harrisburg to get the school district more money, local bottlers and others opposed to the soda tax are running radio and print ads blasting the plan.


arlene ackerman

Philadelphia Police Secure School Administration Building After Emailed Threat

Police officers surrounded the Philadelphia school administration building all day Monday to ensure safety after an emailed threat came in Saturday night.