Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Superintendent James Williams buyout mentioned in outgoing superintendent of Philadephia of school story

Arlene C. Ackerman, Ed Week credit
The buyout of Superintendent of Philadelphia Schools, Arlene C. Ackerman,  on August 22 made  headline news across the nation. Education Week published a story on August 26 even mentioned the buyout of Superintendent James A. Williams. Although Ackerman settlement with the district included
"... a lump-sum buyout of $905,000 with health, dental, vision, and prescription-drug benefits through June 2013, as well as up to $6,000 toward a $500,000 life-insurance policy through June 2013."
Williams, Buffalo Superintendent of Schools got a better deal less money, (a mere $110,000, including $8,000 vacation days, and a $10,000 consulting fee) but received life's-time health care benefits while Ackerman's only runs through June 2013.
Ackerman operated a public relations team paid through district funds to promote and protect her image  at the tune of $440,000.
Interestingly, Arlene Ackerman was a board member of the Broad foundation and she vigoursly defended charter schools. So Ackerman is another  "broad" Foundation ally gone awry  ousted from an urban school district.

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