Editorial: Money for nothing

You have to hand it to Ar­lene Ack­er­man. She sure knows how to make a deal. No, the su­per­in­tend­ent of the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia was not re­spons­ible for the earth­quake that rattled the East Coast one day after she was ous­ted from her cushy job, but she cer­tainly did shake loose a whole lot of bucks for her de­par­ture.

Though stu­dent test scores im­proved un­der her three-year reign, Dr. Ack­er­man’s ar­rog­ant, brazen, dic­tat­ori­al style rubbed too many people the wrong way — so much so that they’re pay­ing her $905,000 to go away three years be­fore her con­tract ex­pires. Now she has 905,000 ways to thumb her nose at the suck­ers on the School “Re­form” Com­mis­sion re­spons­ible for her ri­dicu­lously gen­er­ous con­tract.

Be that as it may, her sev­er­ance pack­age might in­spire un­der­achiev­ers every­where to get in on the “pay me to NOT do my job” ac­tion. For in­stance:

• Re­pub­lic­an may­or­al can­did­ate Kar­en Brown: $1,000 from Friends of Nut­ter to NOT run against Mi­chael Nut­ter in the fall.

• DROP queen Mari­an Tasco: $500,000 from the gov­ern­ment-watch­dog group Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty to NOT try to be­come City Coun­cil pres­id­ent.

• City Com­mis­sion­er Marge Tartagli­one: $5,000 from the Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee to NOT re­main in Phil­adelphia when she leaves of­fice in Janu­ary.

• Pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate and Elvis Pres­ley ex­pert Michele Bach­mann: $10 mil­lion from the Barack Obama cam­paign to NOT with­draw from the race. 

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