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Mayor's Office of Education

In 2008, Mayor Michael A. Nutter established his Office of Education to build networks for communication and collaboration between and among key partners, and identifies common ground on which all stakeholders including--K-12 schools, the business community, higher education and the nonprofit sector--can work collectively. The Mayor’s Office of Education has many initiatives which help to achieve the Mayor's Goals for Education.

Graduation Coach Campaign

The Graduation Coach Campaign is a city-wide, grassroots effort that is an adult intervention strategy for helping students get to and through high school, college and on to careers.  Through a workshop, adults are given the information, resources and samples of real conversations they can have with their young person to help them achieve their educational goals.

Great Schools Compact

In December 2011, the Great Schools Compact was signed by the City, the Commonwealth of In December 2011, the Great Schools Compact was signed by the City, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the SDP, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS), the Philadelphia Charters for Excellence (PCE) and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The agreement aims to increase cooperation among Philadelphia K-12 education providers, establish and share consistent academic metrics, and dramatically reduce the number of chronically underperforming schools by 2016-17.

Mayor’'s Returning to Learning Partnership

The Mayor's Returning to Learning Partnership is a 25% tuition discount program for full-time City employees (in some cases spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with several area colleges and universities, helping more City employees reach their postsecondary goals.

Mayor's VIPs

The Mayor’s Very Impressive Performers (VIPs) program is in its 5th year rewarding deserving Philadelphia High School students with tickets to sporting events across the city as an incentive to achieve academic excellence, encouraging their love for learning and pushing for them to finish their education and continue on to college.

Message from the Mayor

A Message from Mayor Michael Nutter to High School Students of Philadelphia, about the importance of their future and the future of our City.  Read about how a college education is an excellent investment benefiting students for years to come, especially in these difficult financial times.

Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund

On September 11, 2013, Mayor Nutter launched the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund in response to the School District of Philadelphia’s ongoing budget cuts. Funds were raised through both private and public donations making it a truly city-wide effort to allocate the necessary funds directly to schools for use in purchasing school supplies such as paper, pencils and books. On September 8, 2014, Mayor Nutter announced the Fund will continue to raise money for the 2014-2015 school year. To donate please visit


PhillyGoes2College is an information center that works with Philadelphians of any age who wish to get a college degree. Whether you are a high school student who needs help finding the right college or an adult with some or no college credit at all, PG2C can connect you to organizations that can help you navigate your path to degree completion.

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Mayor's Goals

1) Increase the high school graduation rate to 80% by 2015
2) Double the percentage of residents with a 4-year college degree to 36% by 2018