While taping an appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" this afternoon, Mayor Nutter said it was time to drop the kindergarten through 12th grade mindset and push for "the K to 16 context" as the city deals with improving not only the school district's finances but quality education for all grades.
"You have to go to college," Nutter said. "We must invest in our young people. That's what works."
Nutter and his wife, Lisa, appeared on the show, which was recorded before a crowd of 150 people outside Independence Visitors Center at 5:40 p.m. The show will air tonight at 7 p.m.
To support education amid the $629 million shortfall in the Philadelphia School District budget, students held several signs, which said, "Cap the Gap" and "No education equals no life".
Lisa Nutter said there are three key values young people need to succeed: high expectations, real life and relevant experiences and supportive, positive adults.
"Parents need to be engaged," Lisa Nutter said.
At the end, Matthews talked about the Phillies chance to win the World Series.
Mayor Nutter responded -- with a twist.
"We want to be the education World Series winner," he said.
Once during the 10-minute interview, the couple interrupted each other -- when discussing school needs.
"I'll start and you finish," Lisa Nutter said to her husband. “That's the way it is at home."
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