With the Philadelphia schools facing a $430 million shortfall this year, why is the school superintendent, Arlene Ackerman, spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to conduct a Nixon-like plumber’s investigation into possible staff leaks over a no-bid contract?
Following disclosures in The Inquirer about the contract, Ackerman put six top officials on paid administrative leave – staffers whose time, presumably, could be better spent on district business. A former federal prosecutor has been hired to query school staff about who might have talked out of school.
A technology company was also brought in to cull data from staffers’ computers, according to an Inquirer report Friday.
On Thursday, district staffers were issued a memo warning them of possible suspension, dismissal, or even being referred to "appropriate authorities" for improperly providing information to reporters.