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SRC Supports Ackerman Amid No-Bid Contract Accusations

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Dozens of activists are supporting schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman amid allegations she improperly steered no-bid contracts to a minority company.

Two-dozen African-American business and community leaders joined the School Reform Commission in publicly backing superintendent Arlene Ackerman, after stories in the Inquirer said she had steered a no-bid security camera contract to a minority firm.

Commission chair Robert Archie praised Ackerman for trying to help the SRC reach its minority contracting goals:

"I'd like to commend Dr. Ackerman for taking on this additional task as the CEO of the school district in implementing the School Reform Commission's anti-discrimination policy."

The district put out a"fact or fiction" sheet that said Ackerman did nothing wrong. The Inquirer's acting editor Stan Wischnowski says the paper stands by its reporting.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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