Friday, July 31, 2015

Street to Nutter: Take a stand on Ackerman

Mayoral candidate T. Milton Street on Friday addressed the close-to-home subject of Philadelphia schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's tax bill.

Street to Nutter: Take a stand on Ackerman

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Mayoral candidate T. Milton Street on Friday addressed the close-to-home subject of Philadelphia schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's tax bill.

Street, who in November finished serving 26 months for failing to file three years worth of tax returns, said he had been asked repeatedly about Ackerman's tax issues. Ackerman is in the process of paying off state and federal tax liens that preceded her arrival in Philadelphia.

"Issues regarding taxes has been a personal trial that caused me great hardship for which I paid a great price," Street wrote in an emailed statement. "Although I do not know all of the details regarding the matter Ms. Ackerman's situation I can only imagine it must be stressful and troubling to be discussed in such a public forum.

Street went on to say that the more important subject is the district's $600 million deficit.

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Street to Nutter: Take a stand on Ackerman

He went on to say that Nutter should either support Ackerman, or stand with State Rep. Michael McGeehan, who has called for Ackerman's resignation.

"His silence in this issue and lack of visible support for his Superintendent is deafening," Street said. "He should stand with her or join Representative McGeehan's cause, but it is unfair to the Superintendent, our children, and this City to sit quietly by hoping that the storm either passes or to take a poll deciding what to do."

Here's the release in its entirety:

"I have been asked by several media outlets and journalists to give my thoughts on the current issues facing School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and the call for her resignation from State Representative Michael MeGeehan.  "As you know issues regarding taxes has been a personal trial that caused me great hardship for which I paid a great price.  Although I do not know all of the details regarding the matter Ms. Ackerman's situation I can only imagine it must be stressful and troubling to be discussed in such a public forum.

I will say to Representative McGeehan that while I appreciate his passion the issue that I feel is most urgent would not be the Superintendent's taxes but the over $600 million dollar deficit this school district faces.  I ask that he use his position, influence, and passion to secure more money from the State to save our children and the jobs of our teachers.

 This is the time for leaders to step up and be accountable.  Our school district is in trouble and our children need help.  I hope that the Superintendent is able take care of this matter as is appropriate, and State Representative McGeehan pursue whatever issues he deem important but fight for our children and the funds needed for a high quality public education. 

 But I also call on Mayor Nutter to take a stand.  This is the time for leadership.   HIs silence in this issue and lack of visible support for his Superintendent is deafening.  He should stand with her or join Representative McGeehan's cause but it is unfair to the Superintendent, our children, and this City to sit quietly by hoping that the storm either passes or to take a poll deciding what to do.  

 I call on the Mayor, Superintendent Ackerman, the SRC, and State Represenative McGeehan to save the jobs of our teachers and keep our children safe."

  State Senator T. Milton Street, Sr

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