Ackerman protege heading to NYC for new post

One of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s hens will soon leave the nest to fend for himself.

David Weiner, associate superintendent of academics, has accepted a position with the New York City Department of Education to become its deputy chancellor for talent, labor and innovation. He begins his role in the middle of next month.

During the announcement at the School Reform Commission meeting, Ackerman said she "wished him nothing but the best."

"I hate to see him leave, but I know he will be a great asset to the work the new chancellor of New York City public schools is about to embark upon," she said.

Weiner is in New York attending the announcement of his post. 

During his tenure in Philadelphia since 2008, Weiner oversaw many of the district’s key academic plans, including the the district's Renaissance Schools initiative, the proposed, but not implemented, Weighted Student Funding – which would have allocated dollars to schools based on students’ poverty level, disabilities and other criteria.

He also spearheaded the district’s school performance index, the district's school annual reports.

During her stint as San Francisco's schools chief, Ackerman had hired Weiner, making him one of the youngest principals. Before coming to Philadelphia to join Ackerman, he worked as a principal in New York City.

He most recently served as the district's accountability chief.