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Fox29 reports on Ackerman IRS lien

by Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 12 2011 Posted in Latest news

Fox29 broadcast a report that Superintendent Arlene Ackerman owes the IRS more than $20,000 in taxes dating to 2007 and has placed a lien on her Center City condo. The IRS filed the action against her in February. The Inquirer picked up the report.

The School District issued a statement saying the matter had been "resolved" and had to do with "a change in tax reporting" by the San Fransisco school district, where she was superintendent. She left SF at loggerheads with the board of education there.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:00.

School district issued Ackerman's lawyer's statement. Why on earth would she be using Robert Archie's law firm for her personal tax troubles? Many of us realize this whole SRC/Arckerman working arrangement has been charade all along. But this is ridiculous that she and Archie continue to get away with this stuff.

Submitted by taxpayer (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:05.

So it looks like the firefighters' union is endorsing a convicted felon, Milton Street, for mayor in order to get what they want, under the guise of "safety" of course. He also owes the city $388,000 in back taxes. So Street goes pandering for votes with promises of a nice kickback to the union if he is elected. I wonder if the PFT will pull the same stunt "for the kids."

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:10.

You don't even make sense, taxpayer. What do the fire fighters have to do with Ackerman being a crook?

Submitted by taxpayer (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:16.

I didn't see a story on here about the firefighters union so I figured I would just post my thoughts about it here.

Submitted by youngphillyteacher (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 21:53.

Thoughts? You mean, you actually have a brain?!!!

Submitted by taxpayer (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 23:18.

Yes, I do. And i am asking if you will vote for a convicted felon for mayor if he promises you money if he is elected.

Submitted by youngphillyteacher (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 05:43.

Corporate idiots like you have to be ignored.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 06:45.

Is it possible that "taxpayer" is really Ackerman?

Submitted by youngphillyteacher (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 19:08.

Ha-ha! Funny.

Submitted by Teacher (K.R. Luebbert) (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:27.

Why would there be a story about the Firefighters' Union on the "Philadelphia Public School Notebook"--an education site???

Submitted by taxpayer (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:36.

This is a site run and visited by union members, no? The PFT must look at who the other unions are endorsing when they make their decision. I am curious as to what the thoughts of the PFT members are about this.

Submitted by unmem (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:42.

No you're not.

Submitted by Teacher (K.R. Luebbert) (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:56.

The PFT holds a vote among its members--that is how they decide whom to endorse in a major local, state, or national election. The PFT holds candidate forums for members to attend to hear directly from the candidates--all candidates are invited and welcome to speak at these events.

Submitted by taxpayer (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 21:09.

Well that sounds like a better way to decide than just letting the union leadership decide, as is the case of the firefighters' union. What do you think Street's chances are of getting the PFT endorsement if he promises more money as he did with the firefighters' union? Do you think the members would weigh that he is a convicted felon who owes the city $388K in back taxes more than what promises he will make for funding?

Submitted by Ty (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 19:27.

I'm afraid that Philadelphia is headed in Detroit's pathetic direction. We know that whomever wins the Democratic primary wins the mayoral election. So we're getting down to weak and fearful Michael Nutter or criminal Milton Street - pathetic and sad and filthy.

Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:08.

 While many PFT members visit this site and read the Notebook, it is not run by union members.   The Notebook is an independent organization with a diverse board.   Over the years the Notebook has not hesitated to disagree with the PFT on specific issues while expressing support on others.  




Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 23:03.

Like most corporate sponsored shils you hope to smear the PFT by associating them with the firefighters union. Of course, you have no proof that Milton offered the firefighters union kickbacks, but you have never been one to let the truth or logic get in the way of your posts. Did ever occur to you that the firefighters might have endorsed Milton because Mayor Nutter had acted like such a coward throughout his entire run? Do you think that Ackerman is any "cleaner" than "convicted felon" Street? Look at the two whistleblowers she just fired because they were brave enough to leak info on her backrooms deals. Why are your panties in a twist over that one, taxpayer? After all, that involves your taxes too.

Submitted by taxpayer (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 23:28.

Um, actually I do have proof. Here's a link to a video where Street and the firefighters union president both admitting to it on camera. If you need the definition of a kickback, I can provide that as well.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:30.

That's your proof? Finding money to keep firehouses open is your definition of a kickback? The union endorsed Milton; they did not give him any money of which he returned a portion of to them (which is what a kickback is).

Submitted by taxpayer (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:11.

They'll be making a donation to Street through some PAC. And if the convicted felon gets elected, he will restore the overtime for firefighters in return. But he won't get elected, and Nutter will hand the union some more cuts for supporting his opponent. That's how the system works. So you guys be careful who you endorse, because public opinion is worse than it has ever been towards public employees. Go take a look at the posts on the website.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:33.

You should know, DR. Ackerman. That's the way you do business as well. By the way, there are several different stories regarding the snafu surrounding your temporary lapse as the only reader of this blog that is a taxpayer. Fortunately, Glen Beck is doing a series on public school teachers unions that have conspired with Obama, Hitler, Soros and secular aethiests, as well those who claim BP had an "accident" in the Gulf, not to mention the radiation alarmist out of Japan, to make it appear that we pay taxes every two weeks, when, in reality our "taxes" are diverted to anti-Christian, anti-semetic baby murderers.

Submitted by taxpayer (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 23:30.

As for Ackerman, i believe there should be a full investigation into her "discrepancy" and if she is found to have evaded taxes she should be fired.

Submitted by Dale Mezzacappa on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 08:27.

This is an independent news site. Many PFT members visit and comment here but The Notebook it is not run by or affiliated with the PFT.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:53.

So when is Ackerman going to get fired? Has anyone ever seen anything like this?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:57.

She just fired two whistleblowers...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 00:37.

Nothing will happen to her, she won't be fired, she won't even feel bad about it...

Submitted by Meg (not verified) on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 09:34.

Feel bad about it? She has no feelings beyond guilt.

Submitted by Carol (not verified) on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 21:15.

I think Fox strategically posted this story to get people distracted from a far greater atrocity: our lovely Governor is cutting the education budget in this state by a BILLION DOLLARS. I don't give a crap about Ackerman's salary at this moment. What I care about is saving our schools, and THAT means charging Harrisburg to let them know they should NOT pass the proposed budget cuts to our education system, state wide. It is an attack against public schooling, and we should be morally opposed to it!! Shame on fox for another distraction to get us quibbling about side issues so they can pull a curtain over the real issues! Join the protest in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 26th! THEN we can address the Ackerman issue (which DOES need to be addressed, but not at THIS moment).

Submitted by Ms. Chips (not verified) on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 07:10.

I've been waiting for some discussion on the effect of the tax lien on The Queen's eligibility to hold a superintendent's certificate: there is a code of ethics in PA, as in most states, that requires education certificate holders to be moral people. The language varies a bit, and is somewhat subjective, but indicates that lapses in ethics are grounds for revocation.

Given that classroom teachers are held responsible for so much not just in their classrooms, but in all of society, it seems not a stretch at all for a superintendent not only to be an education model for those below, but also to adhere to legal requirements at all levels. I personally, would settle for Ackerman demonstrating one of those qualities.

In some districts, superintendents have been removed for a speeding ticket. We have a superintendent who lies, on record, fabricates data and charges, abrogates responsibility (for anything, as far as I can see), cannot answer the simplest questions without Dr. Nunnery's input, seems one step ahead of the sheriff in her tax scofflaw attitude and misapplies Federal funds. But then, there are no reported speeding tickets.

Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 08:48.

She has a SDP driver - guess the driver has the speeding tickets.

Submitted by Jonna Smith (not verified) on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 06:15.

I've been waiting for some discussion on the effect of the tax lien on The Queen's eligibility to hold a superintendent's certificate.


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