A Phillie Teacher

I was a starry-eyed teacher from New Jersey. Now I work for Philadelphia Public Schools.

This Math hurts the kids

Posted by aphillieteacher on March 1, 2011

Disclaimer: Everything in this post is public knowledge; all information has been previously published in newspapers or online.

Arlene Ackerman is one of the highest paid superintendents in the country. Her salary is $348,000 a year – more than the mayor of Philadelphia and the governor of Pennsylvania combined.

She is also entitled to huge bonuses. Last year it was a $65,000 gift. The reason for the bonus has been hidden from the public. This year she could have gotten $100,000 just for hanging on until the end of the school year. Dr. Ackerman has deferred taking that bonus but don’t worry, Philly. You might still end up paying it since she hasn’t declined it entirely.

Our district could have a shortfall of 400-500 million dollars for the coming school year.

Dr. Ackerman’s plans to cut costs?
Ackerman said the belt tightening will start close to home.

“The first thing we are starting with is anything that appears to be redundancy in services, programs, and people,” she said.

Sell the schools, cram some more desks, layoff a lot of teachers and support staff and voila! Budget magic!

Too bad about the kids. And now I hear that Ackerman’s contract has been renewed.

Like I said: too bad about the kids.

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