Ackerman defends unemployment application

    The ousted former head of Philadelphia’s public schools says she’s only taking what’s rightfully hers by applying for unemployment benefits after receiving a $900,000 contract buyout.

    Ackerman tells WCAU-TV she received about $400,000 after taxes and lawyer fees as part of the severance package settled on in August.

    The former superintendent is eligible for the state maximum of $573 a week, based on her former salary of about $350,000.

    Ackerman told WCAU she “didn’t win the jackpot” by collecting the severance package. She said it was money she was entitled to because the district broke a contract that would have paid her through 2014.

    What do you think about her explnation after watching the interview? Let us know–feed the FEED.

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