GIVEN the outrage that is sure to greet the news that ousted schools chief Arlene Ackerman has filed for unemployment, we're almost afraid to say this, but here it is: We can't help admiring her . . . just a little.
The same way we admire the guy who kills his parents and then begs the court for leniency based on the fact that he's now an orphan.
Since exiting her job in August, Ackerman has confounded her critics and enemies - first by negotiating a buyout worth nearly $1 million after just three years on the job, plus another $86,000 in unused vacation days. Most thought she'd leave town the minute she got that check, but she has stayed local and has started becoming a vocal advocate for school vouchers, a rather jaw-dropping position for the former head of the 13th-largest public-school district in the country.