WHO:        Mayor Michael A. Nutter

                   Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer

WHAT:      Mayor Nutter will visit Southwark School to highlight the school’s Two-way Language Immersion Program, which works to strengthen the second language skills of students by teaching lessons in English and Spanish, and its Career Week events for 6th-8th grade students, as part of his Innovative and Effective Schools Tour, a six-school tour to show the diverse and forward-thinking models in Philadelphia public education that would be strengthened by an increase in education funding by the City and the Commonwealth.

WHERE:   Southwark School, 1835 S. 9th Street

WHEN:      Wednesday, May 20, 2015               12:00 p.m.           TODAY

Posted in Media Advisory


” said Mayor Nutter.  “This easy to use, informative website lets property owners see how local schools plan to put that new funding to good use, like hiring back teachers and support staff or purchasing much needed supplies and equipment.  I want to encourage every Philadelphian to log on and see how the proposed tax increase will affect them and how the District proposes to use those funds.”


To use the website, log on to and enter an address.


Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Press Release


Philadelphia, May 14, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia, announced the winners of ‘Students Speak!,’ a video and written essay campaign to encourage Philadelphia public school students to make their voices heard regarding the importance of full and fair education funding.  Video and written submissions had to complete the following prompt: “Fully fund my education because…”.  Submissions can be viewed on

“Too often the voices of the smallest members of our society go unheard, when their message can be the most important.  Students Speak! was an opportunity to allow young people from across the City to tell us, the adults, why they deserve a fully-funded education.  And, we must listen,” said Mayor Nutter.  “I want to thank all of the students who took time from their busy schedules to submit an essay and I want to encourage every Philadelphian to read and view these essays to see first-hand that these young people want, need and deserve a high-quality education.”

In total, Students Speak! received 342 submissions.  From those submissions, six winners were selected, a video and written submission from each of the following grade categories: elementary school, middle school and high school.

The winners are as follows:

  • Video essay elementary school: Lucas Beltran, 3rd grade, Cook-Wissahickon School;
  • Written essay elementary school: Mackenzie Weiler, 4th grade, Greenberg Elementary School;
  • Video essay middle school: Shane Boyle, 7th grade, Greenberg Elementary School;
  • Written essay middle school: Synia Boyer, 7th grade, Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School/String Theory High School;
  • Video essay high school: Xue Yao Zou, 10th grade, Central High School; and
  • Written essay high school: Sarah Santiago, 10th grade, Esperanza Academy (Grand prize winner).

“I am proud of all students who spoke up and spoke out on the importance of adequate school funding,” said Superintendent Dr. Hite. “As I continue my discussions with city and state lawmakers, I will keep their words and voices in mind. I congratulate our winners and hope this conversation will continue.”

The winning submissions were chosen by representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Education and the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service.

As the grand prize winner, Santiago will receive an Apple Watch.  Each of the other five winners will receive two tickets to the Philadelphia Eagles home opener for the 2015-2016 season.

The written essays will be featured in the Opinion and Editorial section of the Daily News, on and on theNewsworks Speak Easy website.  Winning videos will be posted on

Posted in mayors press release

Mayor Nutter and City officials briefing on AMTRAK accident

WHO:            Mayor Michael A. Nutter

City officials

WHAT:          Briefing on Amtrak accident

WHERE:        Wheatsheaf Lane (near Amtrak tracks)

WHEN:          12:00 p.m.               TODAY

Posted in Media Advisory


WHO:        Mayor Michael A. Nutter

City officials

WHAT:      Mayor Nutter and city officials to provide briefing on AMTRAK accident.

WHERE:   Frankford Avenue and Wheatsheaf  Lane

WHEN:      2:15 p.m.             TODAY

Posted in Media Advisory

Mayor Nutter and City officials briefing on AMTRAK accident

WHO:        Mayor Michael A. Nutter

City officials

WHAT:      Briefing on Amtrak accident

WHERE:   Frankford Avenue and Wheatsheaf  Lane

WHEN:      10 a.m.                 TODAY

Posted in Media Advisory


Philadelphia, May 12, 2015 – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) hosted its 2015 job fair at Temple University’s Liacouras Center to fill immediate openings in businesses and government agencies with operations at the airport.  Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke served as honorary co-chairs for the event.


“PHL is a huge asset to our city and region, not only as a world-class airport serving millions of passengers and as an employer, but as an economic driver attracting businesses and visitors from around the world to our city,” said Mayor Nutter.  “People want to come to Philadelphia because they know they can get here easily, receive excellent customer service from the great people who work at PHL while they’re here, and leave at the end of their trip wanting to return.  The Airport’s job fair helped more Philadelphians join the workforce and this mission of putting our city’s best foot forward.”


More than 2,600 attendees browsed job opportunities from 36 employers including airlines, restaurants, car rental companies, retailers and government agencies like the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation and the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments.  These numbers represent a significant increase over the 2014 job fair which featured 27 employers and 1,500 attendees.  Based on a survey of employers following last year’s jobs fair, more than 250 jobs were filled.


“The Philadelphia International Airport is a key contributor to our region’s economy, and it was great to see so many people excited about working in airport-related jobs,” said Council President Darrell L. Clarke. “I would like to thank the Airport, Mayor Nutter, and all of our partners who put this successful job fair together. Let’s keep working to make sure that every Philadelphian who wants a job can find one in our city.”
Businesses participating in the job fair interviewed candidates on the spot and also accepted resumes.  Job seekers also had opportunities to meet with employment specialists who reviewed their resumes and offered interview tips.  Workplace etiquette workshops were also offered throughout the day.


“The Airport supports more than 141,000 jobs in the region.  Nearly 20,000 of those positions are right here at the Airport,” said Airport CEO Mark Gale.  “It’s important that resident in the area have the first opportunity to fill open positions in businesses with operations at PHL.  The job fair is one way that we help ensure that they do.”


Philadelphia International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia.  The Airport is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars.  It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14.4 billion to the regional economy and accounting for more than 141,000 jobs.

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Press Release
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