Mayor Nutter spent Wednesday morning speaking with students, teachers, and administrators at George Washington High School in the Far Northeast as part of his "listening tour."
"This is not a theory, this is real," Nutter said afterward. "What we've lost here is the personal aspect of it."
Although most of the complaints - not enough counselors or adults in general in the building, teachers paying out of their own pockets for supplies - were familiar, Nutter said hearing the anecdotes will "help carry the message that more funding is in fact needed."
Students spoke of the challenge in having one counselor for the entire school, to handle not just the seniors applying to colleges and for scholarships but the rest of the student body.