How Will Ackerman’s Departure Influence School Decisions? [POLL]

EX-Superintendent Arlene Ackerman

So Ackerman is out.  We all knew it was only a matter if time.  Her predecessor was fired over a $70M budget deficit.  She has a $620M+ deficit.  Ackerman accomplished a lot while she was here, make no mistake, but the scandals caught up with her.

So the wheels of politics turn.  The question that you all have posed to me via Twitter and email is how will Ackerman’s departure impact Philadelphia families’ school decisions?  Well, if you read my article on the subject from a month ago, you probably can guess the answer.  Here’s what I wrote.

Parents’ confidence in the School District of Philadelphia is plummeting.  I guess a year of test scandals, record high deficits, violence, layoffs, budget battles…can do that.

Unfortunately, Ackerman is not taking the budget deficit with her.  Ackerman’s successor will have his or her work cut out for them in that department.  Still, I am hopeful that with her departure, the barrage of tawdry headlines involving the school district over the last couple of years is at an end.  With a new administration will come new hope in improving our neighborhood schools.  My school choice is already made, but I suspect that the new administration, no matter who leads it, will in some part wash away the bad taste in our mouths and encourage people to choose city schools as they have already been inclined to do.

What do you think?  Will Ackerman’s departure influence your school choice?  Answer our poll….

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