Michael Nutter

Philadelphia's Commission for Universal Pre-Kindergarten holds its first meeting, in the mayor's reception room of City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

Philadelphia’s New Universal Pre-K Commission Gets Down to Business

The new commission’s job: to recommend ways the city can pay for high-quality pre-K for 40,000 eligible three- and four-year-olds.

06/30/2015

SchoolBus

More Philadelphia Students Graduating

On-time high school graduation rates for Philadelphia students has risen from 52 to 65 percent over the past eight years.

06/22/2015

(Mayor Nutter fields questions from reporters during a press conference outlining transit planning for the World Meeting of Families, in September.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Expect Papal Visit to Overwhelm City’s Mass Transit

“Be prepared to walk” was the message from Mayor Nutter and other officials who spelled out transportation plans for the World Meeting of Families in September.

06/16/2015

(A participant asks a panelist a question at a summit on high school graduation rates, held at the Chemical Heritage Society offices.  Photo by John McDevitt)

In Philadelphia, Dissecting How To Increase High School Graduation Rates

Philadelphia lags about 15 percentage points behind the national average in the rate of high school graduation.

06/12/2015

(Deputy mayor Mike DiBerardinis speaks to schoolkids at the Clemente Recreation Center.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Phila. Dept. of Parks and Recreation Gets Incentive Payment For Trimming Energy Usage

Waring Elementary School students helped celebrate by dancing at Clemente Recreation Center, where deputy mayor Mike DiBerardinis said that kids like them were his chief motivation to cut his deparment’s carbon footprint.

06/09/2015

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Rejecting Mayor’s School Bailout, Council Eyes Hikes in Parking and Business Taxes

City Council opposes Mayor Nutter’s plan to raise property taxes by nearly ten percent, and seems headed for providing only $70-80 million of the requested $103 million.

06/04/2015

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, in 2014 file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. City Council Rules Out School District’s Full Cash Request

The lawmakers seem intent on trimming the school district’s $103-million request to about $80 million, but how they’ll raise even that amount is very unclear.

06/04/2015

Jim Kenney, acknowledging his win in the Democratic mayoral primary on May 19th.  File photo from CBS3)

Kenney, Anticipating Likely November Victory, Begins Work on Hiring

Kenney says he’s not taking a victory in the mayoral race for granted, but he does plan to meet with Mayor Nutter shortly about personnel.

05/27/2015

(Mayor Nutter hands Dr. Marciene Mattleman a city proclamation in her honor at Philadelpha City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Education Advocate Marciene Mattleman Honored For Decades of Service in Phila.

Mattleman is retiring next month. She has been a tireless worker for literacy in Philadelphia and her education commentaries have aired for years on KYW Newsradio 1060.

05/27/2015

(Photo by Marcy Norton)

At Korean Memorial, Remembering the ‘Forgotten’ War and One Long-Missing Soldier

US Army corporal Robert Higgins went missing in action in February 1951. His remains were identified more than six decades later, thanks to DNA techniques.

05/25/2015

(US education secretary Arne Duncan, at left in shirtsleeves, Mayor Nutter, center, and schools superintendent William Hite listen as a student describes her summer job experience.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

US Education Secretary Visits Philadelphia, Touting Summer Jobs For Youth

The adults turned the microphone over to the young folks for a while, to hear first-person accounts of the positive impact that summer jobs can have.

05/22/2015

(Mayor Nutter serves birthday cake to Dr. Eli Zebooker, 102, and one of Zebooker's grandsons at a city celebration for centenarians.  Photo by Justin Udo)

Philadelphia Celebrates Its Centenarians With Birthday Party A Century in the Making

Eli Zebooker, a retired center city dentist, was the oldest man in attendance. He is a spry 102.

05/21/2015

(Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney, left, and Mayor Nutter speak with reporters after their post-primary meeting at City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter, Kenney Mend Fences As Mayoral Campaign Heads Toward General Election

Nutter formally endorsed Kenney, despite Kenney’s frequent criticisms of Nutter’s administration.

05/21/2015

(Mayor Nutter, far left, and police commissioner Charles Ramsey, second from left, pay their respects as a wreath is placed at the Living Flame Memorial, in Franklin Square, honoring Philadelphia police and firefighters killed on the job.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Nutter Praises His Top Cop, Lashes Out at Mayoral Hopeful Anthony Williams

Mayor Nutter strongly defended his police commissioner after Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Williams said that, if elected, he would not let Charles Ramsey stay on.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/06/2015

(Philadelphia L&I commissioner Carlton Williams, at far left, and other city officials listen as fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer, at lectern, discusses the new program.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Phila. Fire Department Steps In To Help Deal With Large, Derelict Buildings

The fire department and L&I will perform joint inspections of commercial and industrial properties larger than 15,000 square feet.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/06/2015

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