Ackerman applies for unemployment benefits

    You can take the girl out of the School District of Philadelphia … but can you stop paying her?

    Arlene Ackerman, who received a $905,000 buyout to abandon her role as superintendent, has filed for unemployment, the district has confirmed to the Daily News.

    Her $350,000 salary could yield the highest-available weekly payment of $573, but that payment would be reduced based on how much pension she’s collecting.

    The School Reform Commission approved the buyout in late August and the district announced back in September it wouldn’t pursue legal action against Ackerman. Part of the separation agreement also includes not challenging unemployment claims.

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