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Countdown, Day 5: Teachers’ union to pull new ad attacking Mayor Nutter

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia. by Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks

The Philadelphia teachers’ union said that it is putting on hold a new ad that blasts Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett over the School District’s budget woes.

George Jackson, spokesman for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the union has made the decision because Nutter and PFT president Jerry Jordan have scheduled a private meeting this week.

"We think we got [Nutter’s] attention," Jackson said. "In the interest of fostering a productive dialogue, for right now, we’re going to suspend the ads."

[Update: The ad reportedly aired on NBC10 Wednesday after the PFT said it was pulled. Jackson said there was a "miscommunication" with the station, and that it should be off the airwaves by Thursday.]

The mayor’s office declined to comment on the meeting.

The new commercial, which had been expected to start airing on TV and radio stations today, begins with a narration about schools opening: "The start of school. The excitement of new classes. Old friends. Seeing kids learn."

Then it lambasts city and state leaders: "Gov. Corbett and Mayor Nutter, they failed to provide the funding Philadelphia schools need. They failed to lead. Failed our kids. Tell Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett, stop cutting funding for our schools now."

Mark McDonald, Nutter’s spokesman, shot back at the PFT for the ad.

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