August 24, 2011, - 4:28 pm
Whether the economy is good or bad, $900,000 is a pretty nice chunk of change for the average American . . . especially as a golden parachute for quitting a job running a public school district after conflicts with employees and others. But that’s what happened with Philadelphia Public Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman. Nice work, er pay for quitting work . . . if you can get it.
Philly Schools Supe Arlene Ackerman Cashes In to Resign
Wow, I would love to get paid $900K not to work. Wouldn’t you? Your tax dollars at work:
PHILADELPHIA – The city’s embattled schools superintendent abruptly left the district yesterday with $900,000 promised in severance, capping a tumultuous tenure that saw increased test scores and graduation rates but also clashes with community members, the teachers union, and elected leaders.
Arlene Ackerman is being bought out of her multiyear contract with a combination of public and private funds and will be replaced in the interim by her deputy superintendent, according to a district statement.
“This decision, as difficult as it was for Dr. Ackerman, is consistent with her history, as well as recognition that for the district to best move forward, it must do so with new leadership,’’ said Robert Archie Jr., chairman of the city-state commission that oversees the schools.
“Difficult” decision? Huh? What the heck is difficult about accepting a cool near-million to go on vacation? Sign me up for these “difficulties.” Her response and that of Philly Mayor Michael Nutter is that she was owed $1.5 million pursuant to her contract. Um, yeah, if she worked for two or so more years. Getting this large golden parachute on the public dime is simply absurd.
Sounds like this woman tried to do the right thing in restoring the Philly schools. But, still, paying out that much money for running a public school system . . . and then quitting? Ridiculous.
And I’d love to see how much those test scores improved and whether or not it was as a result of cheating, as has been the case in many locations, including during Michelle Rhee’s touted tenure heading the DC school district.
In any event, there is just one word suitable here: cha-ching.