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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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PSSA scores for District, charter schools: Philly students struggled in math

By Paul Socolar on Sep 29, 2015 06:02 PM

As has happened across the state, math scores in grades 3-8 for both District and charter schools in Philadelphia sank this year on the new, tougher PSSA exam, which was aligned for the first time with Pennsylvania's more rigorous core standards.

The School District released test score results for each school weeks ago, but charter school results on the 2015 PSSA were released for the first time today by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Less than $11,000 to go – Donate today to help the Notebook!

By Paul Socolar on Jun 26, 2015 04:52 PM

Thanks to more than 100 contributions from our readers and a $10,000 matching gift, the Notebook has made it two-thirds of the way to the year-end fundraising target of $45,000.

Notebook kicks off year-end fund drive and announces matching gift

By Paul Socolar on Jun 10, 2015 10:58 AM

The Notebook celebrated 21 years of publishing and honored noted photographer Harvey Finkle on Tuesday before a packed house at University of the Arts.

The organization also kicked off a major, year-end fundraising drive at the event. Between now and June 30, the Notebook must raise $45,000.

Documentary premiere depicts trauma in life of student now attending Penn

By Paul Socolar on Apr 28, 2015 07:50 PM

The Notebook and 5th Borough Films are proud to announce the release and screening this Friday, May 1, of Glen’s Village, a 30-minute documentary film about a University of Pennsylvania student, Glen Casey, and the challenging path he has followed to get there.

Directed and produced by journalists Dorian Geiger and Paul Jablow, the film will be shown at 5:30 p.m. at the Urban Studies Department on the University of Pennsylvania campus – in Room G17 of Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St. 

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.


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