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Editor and director of the Notebook since 1999, Paul was one of the Notebook’s founders in 1994. He came to the Notebook as a public school parent with a long history of involvement in public education and other social justice issues. His children both graduated from Philadelphia public schools. He has been an active Home & School Association member and served as a parent representative on a School Council. Prior to becoming editor, he worked on education issues for the National Coalition of Education Activists and the American Friends Service Committee.

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Bill Green won't go to court to win back the title of SRC chair

By Paul Socolar on Mar 9, 2015 09:15 PM

Eight days ago, Bill Green was unceremoniously removed from his position as chair of the five-member School Reform Commission by Gov. Wolf, who named Commissioner Marjorie Neff to replace him.

Green responded that Wolf didn't have the authority to remove him and that he would contest the action in court, while continuing to serve as a commissioner.

A survey: Tell us about the educational technology at your school

By Paul Socolar on Mar 5, 2015 02:21 PM

The Notebook's upcoming April edition will take a look at the state of educational technology in Philadelphia's public schools -- District and charter. It's the first time the Notebook has made technology the focus of an edition.

To inform our reporting, we are inviting teachers, school staff, parents, and others who are closely involved with schools to share their view of the technology situation at their schools by completing a quick informal survey.

District study: Students in career and technical education programs do well

By Paul Socolar on Jan 15, 2015 11:00 AM

Philadelphia students who take part in career and technical education programs in District high schools are much more likely to graduate than their academically similar peers who do not participate in these programs, according to a new School District research study.

District researchers presented the findings at a public meeting at District headquarters on Wednesday. The results are a boost to proponents of career and technical education (CTE), once referred to as vo-tech and sometimes in the past derided as less rigorous than academic classes.

Be there for us - we'll be there for you

By Paul Socolar on Dec 23, 2014 08:42 PM

The Notebook staff is preparing for an exciting 2015 – another year of changes and challenges for the Philadelphia public school system ... and for our nonprofit news organization. Your voices, your concerns drive our coverage. We also depend on you, our readers, to help financially to maintain and expand this independent, comprehensive coverage. The Notebook could not exist if not for your support.

Picasso Project grants give Philly school arts programs a boost

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Dec 23, 2014 05:42 PM

Fifteen Philadelphia area schools have something to be thankful for.  They are being awarded grants totaling $70,000 through Public Citizens for Children and Youth's Picasso Project — a philanthropic reaction to budget cuts that have decimated art and music resources across the city's public schools.

"Several schools in Philadelphia have no arts teacher, no music teacher and very little funding. If they do have an art teacher, they may not have any budget for materials," said Linda Fernandez, the project's director.

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