After Arlene Ackerman spent two days refuting the mayor's version of her dismissal as schools superintendent in interviews with Education Week, Fox 29 and WURD-FM, Nutter finally gave a rebuttal of sorts this morning.
He said Ackerman's comments were rife with "mischaracterizations" and she was "wrong," but he refused to address many of her specific allegations.
"It’s clear that the former superintendent is on what amounts to a media tour. She has obviously a fair amount of time to talk and run around and do what she’s actively engaged in," Nutter said. "On the other hand, I have a job, a city to run, and I’m very focused on the fact that schools open in less than two weeks."
(To recap, Ackerman has said Nutter was the driving force behind her ouster after she refused to play budget politics with the funding for full-day kindergarten. Nutter said the decision to buy out her contract was solely the work of the School Reform Commission, although he agreed and even made some calls to raise private money to contribute to her $905,000 parachute.)