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By providing reporting and analysis about public schools in Philadelphia and creating forums for dialogue and education, the Notebook empowers parents, educators, students and residents to improve conditions for all in the city’s public schools and to build strong learning communities.

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The vision of The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is of a city with well-resourced public schools, shaped by and responsive to the communities that they serve – schools that start all of our children on paths of successful, lifelong learning. In this way, our schools enable all of Philadelphia’s young people – our most valuable resource – to develop their individual gifts and help create a more just, prosperous, and thriving city.



•    The Notebook has a community focus.

•    The Notebook is democratic in its beliefs about schools and its own internal work processes.

•    The Notebook emphasizes social justice, equity, and public accountability and is committed to the goal of ensuring that all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities.

•    The Notebook strives for journalistic excellence.



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