Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ackerman tactics teach Philly schoolkids wrong lesson

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?

Ackerman tactics teach Philly schoolkids wrong lesson

0 comments
Travel Deals

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.

In addition to creating an ominous climate that seems completely out of step with an institution devoted to learning and intellectual inquiry, the steps by Ackerman’s administration represent an unnecessary cost and a distraction from the important responsibility of educating the city’s schoolchildren.

 

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The Inquirer Editorial Board's Say What? opinion blog showcases the work of the editors and writers who produce the newspaper's daily and Sunday opinion pages.

Find out more about The Inquirer's Editorial Board here.

The Inquirer Editorial Board
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter