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Philly schools settle with fired procurement director

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A long-running legal battle over a no-bid security camera contract is one step closer to resolution. The Philadelphia School District has agreed to settle a lawsuit a former procurement director filed alleging the district retaliated against him and fired him because of his race.

Former Superintendent Arlene Ackerman issued a stop-work order for a Bucks County firm that had been awarded an emergency no-bid $7.5 million contract and then awarded the job to a minority-owned company, IBS. The Bucks County firm was on a state-approved list to perform emergency no-bid contracts. IBS was not.

The procurement director claimed Ackerman, who has since died, attempted to blame him for awarding the contract. He alleged Ackerman said he favored IBS because he is black. To the contrary, he maintained Ackerman was the driving force behind the IBS contract and that her accusations, and his subsequent suspension, were retaliation for cooperating with an FBI investigation.

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