Arlene Ackerman leaving Philadelphia School District
Word of Ackerman's departure spread quickly, as did the wit and the snark.
If you're new here or just catching up, Ackerman has taken a lot of heat in the city. Read past Inquirer stories about her, and an extensive Philadelphia Magazine profile of "Queen Arlene" from January 2010. The Notebook has a timeline of stories dating back to Ackerman's arrival in summer 2008.
Though it's important to note that Twitter is hardly an accurate cross-section of the city, the response online was mostly in celebration. Several of them even made the same joke:
- — DrunkPhillyGov (@DrunkPhillyGov)Mon, Aug 22 2011 07:32:08BREAKING: Rebels overtake Philadelphia School Board's last strong hold. World leaders urge Ackerman to resign.
- — JoshCornfield (@JoshCornfield)Sun, Aug 21 2011 16:16:03If someone had bet that Arlene Ackerman would be out of power before Gaddafi, they'd be getting quite nervous about now.
One user found another curious correlation:
- And there's the obligatory sports comparison:
- — realPete_T (@realPete_T)Mon, Aug 22 2011 07:40:34So Philadelphia extended Ackerman's contract an extra year through 2014 then bought her out? Were Snider & Holmgren involved in this??
More substantively, several of her supporters jumped to her defense.
- — beautTIFFul1 (@beautTIFFul1)Mon, Aug 22 2011 06:41:23Oh no! They done forced arlene ackerman out despite the fact that philly schools had improved test scores. I (cont) t.co/xoAzGYV
- — nayisrandom (@nayisrandom)Mon, Aug 22 2011 07:20:05Philly citizenswill soon see that Ackerman wasnt the problem, shes just who they are blaming, no mention of DROP or Vallas #phillyeducation
- Others who were rooting for her departure warned it won't be enough to create needed change.
- — dannybauder (@dannybauder)Mon, Aug 22 2011 07:33:48ATTN EVERYONE don't get too excited about Ackerman, we could be going from bad to worse. The PSDs $ problems aren't going anywhere
- — encyclopediaP (@encyclopediaP)Mon, Aug 22 2011 06:10:30Ackerman wins. She gets out of one of the worst public school systems in America and runs away with the bacon still hot off the pan.
- — saradelphia (@saradelphia)Mon, Aug 22 2011 08:17:50As exciting as it is for many of us that Dr. Ackerman is gone, we will be the ones dealing w/ the irreparable damage she is leaving behind.
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