Philly School Head Takes Flack for Boosting Minority Business

December 9, 2010  |  

(Philly.com) — Supporters of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman crowded inside the school district’s auditorium yesterday to commend her efforts to increase minority business in the district and condemn the Inquirer‘s coverage of her decision to switch contractors for security-related work at dangerous city schools.  Dozens of elected officials, community activists, retired school personnel and others praised her for not doing business as usual and for tearing down the “old boys network” of minority exclusion in business contracts.  Ackerman, who at times appeared teary, received a standing ovation when she entered the room.

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