May 10, 2010
A startling admission today from Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman: the district spent $1 million to install security cameras at South Philadelphia High School in the wake of racial violence there.
Ackerman was testifying before City Council on the district’s $3-billion-plus budget when she was asked about changes at South Philly High in the aftermath of clashes between blacks and Asians there (see related stories).
Ackerman’s budget chief Mike Masch whispered to her to talk about cameras.
But with that out in the open, Ackerman went on to explain that a one-million-dollar security system had been installed in South Philly High, with cameras in every classroom and hallway.
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