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More reporting on Ramirez, Rendell, Ackerman

By Paul Socolar on Aug 21, 2009 11:22 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer has been doing some interesting investigative reporting, trying to flesh out the story of how a highly regarded School Reform Commissioner, Heidi Ramirez, came to an unexpected decision to resign this week.

Today's story by Kristen Graham cites a report that Gov. Rendell was having conversations with a legislator about possible candidates for a vacancy on the SRC more than a month ago, long before any reports surfaced that Ramirez was considering stepping down.

Yesterday's article by Graham and Susan Snyder cites former SRC member Martin Bednarek on conflicts between Ramirez and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman - he told The Inquirer that Ackerman complained that her staff was spending too much time answering Ramirez's questions.

Rendell has said he asked Ramirez to stay, and Ackerman said Wednesday she was sorry to see Ramirez step down.

In announcing her resignation, Ramirez said she didn't see the SRC's oversight role in the same way as others. Fallout from the resignation of the outspoken commissioner has included calls by activists to ensure District accountability and concerns that the SRC not become a "rubber stamp."

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Submitted by alan kaman (not verified) on August 22, 2009 7:06 am

If you follow on the link above it shows a picture of Dr. Ackerman holding a sign saying transparency and promising a more open and honest school district. Yet the one SRC member who was enabling it to happen was forced out. Someone has not kept their promise.

When public officials entrusted with caring for children are opposed to answering tough questions designed to see a good concept evolve into something even better, when a person is afraid to challenge themselves to improve, when an administrator seeks to be a dictator instead of responding to the questions of the people, then that person is the wrong person to be in charge of our school system.

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