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Highlights of the separation agreement

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The separation agreement between the School District and Arlene Ackerman was signed by the former superintendent on Saturday and by School Reform Commission Chair Robert Archie Wednesday following the adoption of a resolution approving the agreement.

Here are some key points from the eight-page document:

  • Ackerman is no longer superintendent, effective with the signing of the agreement, but is available for consultation until Friday, August 26, her formal separation date.
  • She will receive health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits through June 2013 in addition to the previously disclosed lump-sum $905,000 buyout – a portion of which will go into a retirement plan. The District will also pay up to $6,000 toward a $500,000 life insurance policy, also through June 2013.
  • The District agrees not to contest any claim for unemployment compensation.
  • Ackerman agrees to waive additional claims, legal or otherwise, against the School District, and the District likewise agrees not to make future claims against her.
  • Ackerman agrees not to pursue future employment with the District.
  • There is a mutual agreement from both parties not to make comments about each other that are "malicious, wanton, or reckless in nature or…reasonably foreseeable to injure" their respective reputations. The non-disparagement agreement covers the members of the School Reform Commission and employees of the District, but not outsiders including the mayor.
  • The agreement specifies that it is to be released to the media once it is ratified. But after that, the District agrees to release it only in response to formal requests under the state’s Open Records Law, and Ackerman is to be notified who is asking for it. (A link to the agreement will remain on this site.)
  • Ackerman has seven days from the signing date (August 20), to revoke her signing of the agreement.

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