UPDATE, 6 p.m.:
Arlene Ackerman has confirmed that her unemployment claim has been denied. In an e-mail to The Inquirer, she wrote:
"I got the letter more than three weeks ago. Though encouraged to do so, I decided not to appeal the decision. I am moving on and Philadelphia is a closed chapter in my life. I pray for the children of Philadelphia.....that is all that I can do now."
Arlene C. Ackerman's unemployment claim has been denied by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor, according to multiple sources.
Ackerman, the controversial former superintendent of schools, left the Philadelphia School District in August after a bitter public battle over leadership and finances. She received a buyout approaching $1 million, then drew public ire by applying for unemployment benefits.
The Philadelphia School District, in its separation agreement with Ackerman, had agreed not to block Ackerman's unemployment claim. Had the unemployment benefit of about $500 per week been granted, the district would have been on the hook for that money.
Citing privacy rules, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor said she could not comment on individual unemployment claims.
But people with knowledge of the situation said that Ackerman's claim was denied.
Ackerman could not immediately be reached for comment.