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Topic - Robert Archie Jr.
Philadelphia's Democratic machine is under fire after officials arranged for private, anonymous cash payments to buy out the contract of the unpopular school superintendent in the nation's eighth-largest public school district.
In a statement, Mr. Archie said Ms. Ackerman produced "real results" since arriving in Philadelphia in 2008, including three years of gains in test scores and a 29 percent decline in reported violence.
"This decision, as difficult as it was for Dr. Ackerman, is consistent with her history, as well as recognition that for the district to best move forward, it must do so with new leadership," said Robert Archie Jr., chairman of the city-state commission that oversees the schools.