Following a discussion with students at Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School on education and leadership, PA State Sen. Anthony H. Williams voiced his support for Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s re-election bid last Monday, Feb. 14.
The two publically stood together outside the school at 5501 Cedar Avenue. There, they spoke of a partnership built on the common ground of improving education, and related issues of job security, community development and the city’s economic health.
Mayor Nutter has “done right by the city. He has done right by its budget,” Sen. Williams said. “I am proud to stand here with him today.” Sen. Williams called Mayor Nutter an “effective leader” and a friend.
The Mayor thanked Senator Williams for his support and his leadership in Harrisburg. He also underscored the forward progress at hand for Philadelphia and the region, stressing, “We still have work to do.
The setting of the day’s announcement was notable, as Mayor Nutter attended the school as a youngster when it was a Catholic grade school. Today, the renovated building houses the college-preparatory, charter high school of about 450 students. Prior to the announcement, Sen. Williams and Mayor Nutter visited students to discuss with them overcoming life’s challenges and seizing educational opportunities.
In the area of education, the city has seen an increase in the percentage of Philadelphians with a college degree. The high-school graduation rate has also increased, with 63 percent of students now graduating within six years.