Last week, Dr. Arlene Ackerman dared her bosses to fire her. And this morning, they have. The Philadelphia School District superintendent will be paid a disgusting $905,000 to leave her post; her attorney says the cash is compensation for money she gave up in the past year as the school district was mired in fiscal crisis.
Arlene Ackerman is out as superintendent of the Philadelphia School District. An announcement will be made later today, multiple sources say.
Her departure has been rumored for months but as my colleagues and I wrote in Sunday’s paper, it became clear last week that the end of Ackerman’s superintendency was imminent.
The money to buy out Ackerman’s contract, which runs through 2014, will come from both the district and private sources, as The Inquirer previously reported.