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Ackerman speaks

Outgoing schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has given an exit interview to Education Week -- and she's not holding back one bit.

Ackerman speaks

Outgoing schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has given an exit interview to Education Week -- and she's not holding back one bit.

In the article, Ackerman blames Mayor Nutter for putting full-day kindergarten on the chopping block during this year's contentious budget fight.

According to the piece:  

All-day kindergarten was not a program that she wanted to cut, but she said Nutter wanted to use the potential loss of the program as a bargaining chip with the city and state.

"I really didn't want to do it, I really didn't feel good about it," Ackerman said. "But I'm trying to play the politics here." After the program was announced as a potential cut, "I was approached by hundreds of parents about this. It didn't align with everything else that I was about."

We're checking to see if the mayor's press office will have any response to Ackerman's version of events.

For more of Ackerman's comments, read the full story here.

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