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A note from the editor

by Paul Socolar

Welcome to the Notebook’s first fall guide to Philadelphia schools! We’re hoping that each September we’ll be able to provide you with vital information that you may want to hold onto – about the new school year and Philadelphia public schools, both District and charter.

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What's new in the District?

by Wendy Harris

Back to school, always an exciting time for students and parents, also comes with new challenges and changes.

The School District enters the year buoyed by good news. It is implementing new initiatives, and was able to make good on promises to hire many more teachers and counselors in time for the opening of school. Standardized test scores improved for the seventh year in a row, with proficiency rates exceeding 60 percent in some grades for the first time. Violent offenses at schools are down by 15 percent.

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