Central High School must appoint first African American principal in 186 years

Central High School must appoint first African American principal in 186 years

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April 6, 2022
Signatures: 552Next Goal: 1,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by JOSEPH Quinones

Central High School in Philadelphia, PA is ranked as the number one high school in the region, public or private. As a public school, it gives students, regardless of socio-economic status, the opportunity to receive one of the best educational experiences in the region. However, despite 80% of the school district’s students being people of color, with 48% of that total being African American, in its 186-year history, Central has never had a school principal of color.

Central’s student body is the most diverse in the nation, but the school suffers from chronic racial incidents, a 40% drop in African American enrollment and a faculty that is only 13% African American. It presently seems that the authorities at Central are intent on maintaining the status quo as they are presently seeking a new principal and have empaneled a committee that is 66% white to nominate one.

We ask that you sign this petition and demand transparency in what has been a closed and secretive nomination process that’s designed to continue Central’s system of White hegemony in both leadership and faculty composition and that Central appoint a principal that reflects the broader Philadelphia community and student body, in terms of the candidate’s race, background and leadership ability as it relates to achieving diversity, equity and inclusion in education.

In June of 2020, during the protests and unrest around the world, Central High School’s African American Student Union created 10 achievable demands for institutional change. These demands include:

  • Create A Black Student Recruitment Team
  • Recruit Black and Brown Students For Advanced Classes
  • Hire More Black Teachers and Faculty With The Goal Of Reaching 30% Black Teachers

* Click here for the 10 Demands in Detail

Central High School’s next principal must commit to addressing those demands and have the innate tools necessary to successfully execute in meeting them. 

Thank you in advance for your support for our fight for justice, equity, and inclusion in the leadership of the city’s premier public education institution.

The Central High School African American Network

 

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