Report says ex-district communications staffers were hired to tout Ackerman

    When they were employed by the School District of Philadelphia, Jamilah Fraser, and staffers Shana Kemp and Elizabeth Childs were paid to talk.

    It was their job as part of the communications staff.

    But all three stepped down last week, and according to a City Paper report, the decision was more of an ultimatum than a choice. Citing two anonymous sources, CP delved into the hiring, practices and resignations of the three, whom ex-Superintendent Arlene Ackerman brought on in November.

     

    Among the dirt the sources dish is that Fraser and her two deputies spent their time promoting Ackerman, not the district, and worked to coordinate some of the pro-Ackerman rallies and campaigns — including the goodbye video Ackerman filmed that briefly sat on the district’s website before angry officials took it down.

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