Despite its unquestioned success, Central High, like all public schools in Philadelphia, is in a precarious position.

Years of budget cuts have taken a toll on its dedicated staff, physical plant, and operations.

For next year, the School District has presented what has been called a doomsday budget that would result in Central having no money for assistant principals, supplies, books, counselors, nurses, the arts, sports-indeed all that would be left in the school would be a principal and a reduced group of teachers, and 2,400 children.

This budget would reduce an institution with a proud 150-year history of excellence and service to little more than a place to warehouse children.

So we implore those in power to lay aside partisan differences, and to work together to provide needed funds and devise an equitable, long-term solution to the structural funding problems in education.

Lisa Kallas and Emily Adeshigbin, co-presidents; Rebecca Baehr,, Central High home and school association

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