A state legislator who’s been a vocal critic of Philadelphia schools chief Arlene C. Ackerman is again pushing for measures that would “curtail the bloated pay and benefit packages awarded to the superintendent by the School Reform Commission,” according to a release.
The move comes from state Rep. Michael McGeehan (D., Phila.) who has also called for Ackerman’s ouster. Next week, he said, he will offer three amendments to a bill that would set additional qualifications for school superintendents.
McGeehan wants to 1) give the General assembly the right to remove a superintendent by majority vote of the House and Senate, 2) mandate that the Auditor General audit the Philadelphia School District, and 3) prohibit superintendent bonuses, incentive payments, and other compensation that doesn’t include salary.
“Legislators from outside the southeast constantly point to what we in Philadelphia spend per student and the lack of academic progress,” McGeehan said in the release. “We are the poster child of public education inefficiency.”