PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The state has denied the unemployment claim filed by the ousted former head of Philadelphia’s public school system after she received a $900,000 contract buy-out.
Arlene Ackerman says she had her claim denied last month and she won’t appeal that decision.
Ackerman had requested the state maximum of $573 a week, based on her former salary of about $350,000. She was fired in August after clashing with community members, the teachers’ union and elected officials.
Following her ouster Ackerman claimed the buyout was fair compensation because the district had broken a contract that was to run through 2014.
A spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor and Industry said privacy laws prevent her from commenting on Ackerman’s claim.
Let me get this straight and I don’t care about her accomplishments or the criticisms: it comes down to someone getting nearly a million dollars and then turning around and trying to collect unemployment? Is she kidding me?
I don’t understand people who don’t understand the outrage when things like this take place. And if Ackerman was sitting in my office I would tell her the same thing.
We must take a serious look at education systems, how teachers get paid, how superintendents get paid and take an even harder look at the contracts. I have to wonder who exactly is drawing up these deals? As government funding continues to decrease, someone has to step up and demand change.
We can’t keep hiring and then dismissing people while paying them millions of dollars. This just can’t go on forever.
— Andy Hachadorian