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Arlene Ackerman Pushes For a Decision on Her Future
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/19/11 6:08 am | updated: 08/19/11 6:08 am
 
A defiant, emotional Arlene C. Ackerman has dared her bosses to make a decision about her future - now. "Sentence me. I dare you. Or set me free."

Ackerman was addressing hundreds of School District principals who gathered for a three-day professional-development meeting.

The embattled Philadelphia School Superintendent
Ackerman strode into the Lincoln High School auditorium to the Sade song "Is It a Crime" and embraced the song as the theme of her speech.

"Is it a crime to stand up for children instead of stooping down into the political sandbox and selling our children for a politician's victory?" a reference to those with whom she has fallen out of favor.

"I'm superintendent today, and I hope to be superintendent tomorrow. We'll just have to see what happens," she said. "This is something that's not just my decision."

The audience gave Ackerman a standing ovation. She wiped away tears.

 
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