By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dozens of activists are supporting schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman amid allegations she improperly steered no-bid contracts to a minority company.

Two-dozen African-American business and community leaders joined the School Reform Commission in publicly backing superintendent Arlene Ackerman, after stories in the Inquirer said she had steered a no-bid security camera contract to a minority firm.

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Commission chair Robert Archie praised Ackerman for trying to help the SRC reach its minority contracting goals:

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“I’d like to commend Dr. Ackerman for taking on this additional task as the CEO of the school district in implementing the School Reform Commission’s anti-discrimination policy.”

The district put out a”fact or fiction” sheet that said Ackerman did nothing wrong. The Inquirer’s acting editor Stan Wischnowski says the paper stands by its reporting.

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Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio