Pledging additional support and oversight for city schools, Mayor Nutter and Pennsylvania's education secretary said Tuesday that change has come to the way the Philadelphia School District operates.
"This is a whole new ballgame," the mayor said. "We will be much more actively engaged and involved."
The goal, Nutter and Ronald Tomalis said, is to stabilize a district that's been rocked by budget woes, backroom deals, a public fight over leadership and the departure of a controversial superintendent.
Speaking at a news conference at district headquarters, Nutter and Tomalis announced the appointment of two "executive advisers" to work directly with district leadership and the School Reform Commission until a permanent superintendent is chosen to replace Arlene C. Ackerman.