Thursday, October 8, 2015

Did Arlene Ackerman just make a goodbye speech?

UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.

Did Arlene Ackerman just make a goodbye speech?

UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.

District spokeswoman Jamilah Fraser just called me to clarify a point.  Arlene Ackerman's speech at the 2011 Superintendent's Leadership Conference today was NOT a farewell, Fraser said.

"It was not in any way, shape or form a goodbye speech," Fraser said.  "She's not leaving."

Point taken. It was not a goodbye speech.  But the superintendent certainly said things one would say when one is departing - reflecting on her years of service, summing up her accomplishments, etc.

After the conference was over, Ackerman told reporters that "I'm superintendent today and I hope to be superintendent tomorrow.  We'll just have to see what happens.  This is something that's not just my decision."

As I tweeted earlier, it was announced at the meeting that 110 schools made adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind law - a huge accomplishment for each of them.

That was down from 158 schools last year. 

Pennsylvania changed its standards this year, requiring schools to score higher in reading and math in order to make AYP. Ackerman said she expected the number of schools making AYP to go down.

"I was happy with 110," Ackerman said.


At the Principals' Convocation at Lincoln High, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has made what sounds an awful lot like a goodbye speech. Follow along with my live tweets for more.

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