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The big payday: Ackerman scores huge severance deal

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's $905,000 buyout appears to be one of the most generous ever awarded to a superintendent anywhere in the country.

The big payday: Ackerman scores huge severance deal

Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman (right) wipes tears. Darienne Driver (left) is deputy superintendent for curriculum, professional instruction.
Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman (right) wipes tears. Darienne Driver (left) is deputy superintendent for curriculum, professional instruction. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's $905,000 buyout appears to be one of the most generous ever awarded to a superintendent anywhere in the country.

And it's not even the first time she's been paid NOT to work.

She received a $375,000 buyout from the San Francisco Unified School District in 2005.

The buyout she received today is much higher than the $180,000 that former Philadelphia schools CEO Paul Vallas got when he left in 2007. Former Camden superintendent Annette Knox was given a $200,000 severance package when she left in 2006.

Earlier this month, the Dallas Morning News reported that school districts in Texas had paid out $7.7 million to buy out superintendents in recent years. Since 2005, approximately 71 superintendents in the state had been offered buyouts, the paper reported, with most receiving six-figure paychecks.

Earlier this year, the school board in Gettysburg, Pa. agreed to buy out former superintendent William Hall’s contact for approximately $542,250. That reportedly included two years worth of mortgage payments for a home he purchased through the school district.

In 2007, the school board in Little Rock, Ark. agreed to pay former superintendent Roy Brooks $600,000 in severance.

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