Is Arlene Ackerman Being Bypassed in District Decision-Making?

Plus: the Phils are sort of good, the Orchestra cries conspiracy, SEPTA plans in Chester, and more of what Philly is buzzing about today

Ackerman Being Bypassed? Philadelphia School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman was mysteriously absent from yesterday’s School Reform Commission meeting. Her supporters insist it’s because she’s being bypassed in the decision-making process. State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams described the debate over Ackerman as a “food fight amongst adults.” Here’s to hoping the SRC has a healthy helping of sloppy joes, a spoon fit for launching, and a table flipped on its side for protection. [Inquirer]

The Phillies Are Better Than Any Other Baseball Team Ever. Okay, maybe not statistically, but after watching them overcome a 6-0 deficit early in yesterday’s game to beat the Dodgers 9-8 and cap off the best road trip in franchise history it’s hard not to feel as though they are. After 20 games in 20 days, the boys get a much needed day of rest before playing host to the Nats tomorrow. Hamels is on the bump and he’s 10-3 lifetime against Washington. Is that good? [The 700 Level]

Orchestra Musicians Accuse Management of Conspiracy. A lawyer representing the musicians presented an argument to a judge yesterday implicating orchestra management in a “conspiracy theory” with donors to alter the structure of the endowment. But if all of the orchestra management is accounted for, then who could have been on the grassy knoll? [CBS 3]

SEPTA Station in Chester? A committee is looking at the possibility of building a SEPTA Regional Rail station in Chester that could give riders access to PPL Park and other development in the waterfront region of the city. The stop would be on the Wilmington-Newark line and could replace the Highland Avenue Station, which has very limited traffic and will likely only last a few more years. If you build it, they will come—clad in blue and gold and chanting in unison. [Metro]

Vick and Company Expected to Play Entire First Quarter. The Iggles open up their preseason tonight as they host the Ravens at the Linc. Vick and his fellow starters are expected to play the first quarter. Backups will play the second, third-string players will get the third, and players battling for roster spots will get to play the fourth. [Yahoo!]

Eagles Sign Former Giant Wideout Steve Smith. Last year Smith blew out his knee in December and missed the rest of the season following surgery. Now, the Eagles have signed him to a one-year deal and he says he’s just about ready to go. Let’s hope we get the 2009 Steve Smith who had 107 catches for over 1,200 yards—not 2008 Steve Smith who only caught 57 passes and one touchdown. [FOX 29]

USMNT Ties Mexico at the Linc. The United States Men’s National Team battled Mexico to a 1-1 draw in a friendly at the Linc last night. Robbie Rogers knotted things up with a late goal in the second half in new coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s debut. There were no names on the players’ jerseys and the starters wore numbers 1-11 and the reserves donned 12-18—a change representative of the fact that all that matters is competing on behalf of America.  [6 ABC]