Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ackerman In Hot Seat

The chairman of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee, Paul Clymer, wants answers from the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, like why Superintendent Arlene Ackerman suspended six employees who blew the whistle on her no-bid contract with IBS Communications. Ackerman had intervened on behalf of IBS, a small minority-owned firm, giving them a $7.5 million no-bid contract with the school district despite the fact that in previous work for the district they had cost overruns twelve times their original bid.

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