Monday, February 6, 2012
Parents, teachers and other educational stakeholders met at Roxborough High School to share their opinions on Arlene Ackerman's replacement.
Educational stakeholders from Manayunk, Fishtown, Chestnut Hill, South Philly and beyond met at Roxborough High School Saturday to publicly share their opinions on the type of person who should replace Arlene Ackerman as superintendent. “We’re going to do things differently... You will see the work that you’ve done today posted on the Web within a week,” said one of the event’s presenters, Harris Sokoloff, director of the Penn Project for Civic Engagement. University of Pennsylvania organized the event with School Reform Commission and United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Through a series of discussions, participants debated the qualities they longed for in a superintendent, which were jotted on large sheets of paper by United Way …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Reports say the former superintendent will not appeal the decision.
Heads turned when former superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, Arlene Ackerman, filed for unemployment benefits. The news came on the tails of a $905,000 buyout from her contract. Now, according to a report on Philly.com, Ackerman was denied those unemployment benefits by the state, which would have been more than $500 a week. Ackerman called Philadelphia a "closed chapter in my life," in an e-mail in The Inquirer. While the chapter is closed for Ackerman, the school district is left with $60 million in budget cuts that need to be made, and the search for a new superintendent.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Groups host community forums to give citizens input on superintendent decision.
As early as Feb. 1, Northwest Philadelphia residents can give their opinions on what kind of person should lead the School District of Philadelphia. Organized by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement, a series of community forums debuts Wednesday in an effort to get citizens involved in the search for a new superintendent. “We want to give community members the opportunity to inform this critical decision, which will have a significant impact on the quality of education our children receive,” local United Way President Jill Michal said in a statement. Locally, Roxborough High School, 6498 Ridge Ave. will host a forum Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. to see what residents think the replacement for Arlene …
Friday, December 2, 2011
She calls out Mayor Michael Nutter.
Arlene Ackerman has called Mayor Michael Nutter's protests against her application for unemployment benefits "disingenuous," according to a Philadelphia Inquirer article. Ackerman e-mailed the Inquirer to make her case that the media isn't treating her fairly and that Nutter knew she was eligible to apply fo the benefits. Her lawyer, meanwhile, said the former superintendent was taking what was rightfully hers. Nutter had called Ackerman's decision "astounding," and state Rep. Michael McGeehan has called on the state to deny Ackerman's application. A student from Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice, meanwhile, weighed in on the matter in the article, saying the school's students "barely have enough for books." To …