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Summer 2004 Vol. 11 No. 4 Focus on The Notebook's First Decade

With a vision of school change, parents and teachers gave birth to a newspaper

The Notebook published our first edition ten years ago with the hope that a newspaper could "fit into the picture of a school system ready for bold change," as our first editorial stated. In this tenth anniversary issue, we look at the challenges that continue to face the School District as well as the strides that have been made by persistent and committed community members.

By by Helen Gym

“We would have these discussions about what we wanted the paper to look like and accomplish,” recalled co-founder Myrtle L. Naylor. “And we thought that when it got into the hands of parents and teachers and students, they would pick it up and have an ‘Ah-ha!'moment and say, ‘Let's get organized and do something about this.'”

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By by Debbie Wei

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By by Ben Lariccia

This article by a Philadelphia teacher was written nine years ago for the Winter 1995 issue of the Notebook.

Violence in the schools is a topic receiving a lot of media coverage these days - shooting in the hallways, assaults on the play-grounds, vandalism against school property. Commissions at every level have been formed to address the problem.

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