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Inquirer Letters Extra: Acclaimed Central also at risk

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

Inquirer Letters Extra: Acclaimed Central also at risk

Mayor Nutter is seeking more funding for schools. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mayor Nutter is seeking more funding for schools. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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, rhbaehr@yahoo.com, Central High home and school association

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