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NEWS
December 1, 2011
Is it right for ex-Philadelphia schools chief Arlene Ackerman to file for unemployment compensation?
NEWS
October 16, 2011
"Meaningful education reform must be forced upon the district from the outside by giving parents real choices about where their children go to school," former Superintendent Arlene Ackerman writes in a guest column.
NEWS
September 1, 2011
PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL DISTRICT principals rejected a deal this week that included givebacks to the district. Their union president suggested the district isn't as hard-up financially as it says, and pointed to the recent buyout of Arlene Ackerman, for nearly $1 million, as evidence. This shows that the aftershock - or maybe it's post-storm flooding? - of the Ackerman buyout continues. The anonymous donations to her payout remain a problem. The public has no idea what the donors might expect in return.
NEWS
August 24, 2011
Doubts cloud Ackerman's record State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams' commentary "In defense of Ackerman" (Tuesday) left out key points. I'd be more impressed by the positive statistics about students' test scores if I hadn't read the articles in The Inquirer about a cheating scandal. Statistics on more safe schools would also ring true if only I hadn't read about widespread non-reporting by teachers and principals of the real level of violence. Ackerman may have been called "Queen Arlene," but it was due to her imperious manner and unwillingness to brook dissent, not sexism on the part of critics.
NEWS
September 6, 2011
LEROY NUNERY II, 55, was appointed acting superintendent of the district when Arlene Ackerman resigned. A quick look at his career: * Nunery was a finalist for the job that went to Ackerman. He then served in various posts in the district before Ackerman made him her deputy superintendent. * Before that, Nunery founded his own education-management consulting company, PlusUltré LLC, and was president of school management for Edison Schools Inc. from June 2005 to August 2007.
NEWS
August 29, 2011
With the first day of classes rapidly approaching, I'd like nothing better than to be writing about what's ahead for the Philadelphia School District's 2011-12 school year. But a few details of the Arlene Ackerman long goodbye still deserve mention. Here's one: her farewell video. The video is long - 13 minutes, 34 seconds. And dramatic, with text reminding viewers of 5,000 years of civil rights struggles. "An Arlene Ackerman Retrospective" draws stark contrasts between the state of education in the School District before her arrival in 2008 (bad)
NEWS
August 29, 2011
WILL THE FALLOUT from Arlene Ackerman's departure fizzle when Ackerman finishes her media blitz, or are there real issues of good-government that need to be resolved before Philly can truly move on from the Ackerman era? Ackerman was bought out of her contract to run the Philadelphia School District for $905,000 - $500,000 coming from taxpayer money, and $405,000 from anonymous private sources. The district will also provide her with medical coverage through 2013, pay the premium on a $500,000 life-insurance policy and let her keep her school cellphone and laptop (though Ackerman needs to pick up the service charges)
NEWS
August 26, 2011 | BY DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Nunery was appointed by Mayor Nutter. The School Reform Commission appointed him. JUST FIVE DAYS into his tenure as Philadelphia's schools chief, Acting Superintendent Leroy Nunery is taking a break. District spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed that Nunery, 55, left town with his wife, Gina, last night for vacation and will return next Thursday. Nunery, who was appointed Monday by the School Reform Commission after the dramatic departure of his predecessor, Arlene Ackerman, will be keeping watch while away, Gallard said.
NEWS
February 2, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
ARLENE Ackerman is finally done taking from the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. Ackerman, who left her job last year as superintendent of the Philadelphia School District with a $905,000 public buyout, has been rejected in her bid to collect unemployment compensation, district spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed yesterday. Ackerman told NBC 10 yesterday that she has decided not to fight the denial. "I'm not fighting anymore," she said. "I'm moving on with my life, and I pray for the children of Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 30, 2011
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.
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