PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Nutter says it’s time to look ahead, now that the Arlene Ackerman buyout drama is over.

Committee of 70 CEO Zack Stalberg suggested if contributors to Arlene Ackerman’s buyout were solicited publicly instead of secretly, maybe the donors wouldn’t have withdrawn and some of the $900,000 in public money could have been saved.

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Mayor Nutter, who admitted to calling donors, wouldn’t go there.

“Hindsight is always 20/20 vision. It’s a whole lot of woulda, shoulda, coulda.”

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The School Reform Commission said it disagreed with Ackerman’s public criticism of budget chief Michael Masch. But instead of launching a legal fight on the grounds she violated a non-disparagement clause in her buyout deal, the SRC said it preferred to expend its energies on ensuring a successful school year.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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