PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter continues his efforts to get the school district more money by traveling to Harrisburg. In the meantime, the beverage industry is stepping up its attack on Nutter’s plan to tax soda in order to bail out the district.

“Raise your hand if you opposed the beverage tax last year!” declares one new radio ad paid for by local bottlers and others opposed to the soda tax proposal.

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City Council will debate the idea Friday, and some members are still shaking their head that Schools Chief Arlene Ackerman suddenly restored full-day kindergarten after saying there was no money.

“For the individuals who are saying we should not take any action, it adds fuel to that fire,” said Councilman Darrell Clarke.

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Meanwhile Mayor Nutter is deflecting questions about whether he supports Ackerman staying in the Superintendent post.

“All of us need to stay focused on what’s important, that’s the kids of this city,” Nutter said.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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