Why am I attending brunch with Paul Socolar?
To be honest, I don’t know Paul all that well. At most, we’ve exchanged polite hellos and chatted briefly at school-related events. However, I’m attending the “Brunch with Paul,” because the Notebook has become an important part of my life.
I wasn’t even aware of the existence of the Notebook until my children started attending public school. Once they did, it didn’t take me long to realize the extent of the dysfunction of the structure, administration, and funding mechanisms that affect our schools. To a newcomer wading into the public school swamp, it was confusing, and I found it hard to determine the motivations of all the parties claiming that children’s needs come first. And that’s when I discovered what a valuable tool the Notebook is in making sense of what’s going on.
Critics may get small consolation from the news that Source4Teachers, the firm hired to provide the District's substitute service, is not getting paid by the District for the teachers that it is failing to place in city classrooms.
And the District has incorporated standard language into its contract terms allowing it to terminate its agreement with Source4Teachers "for its convenience" and without penalty, simply by providing the company with 14 days' notice.
Ready to apply to college? Philadelphia Futures is dedicated to helping students get there with its annual edition of the Step Up to College guide.
The 66-page resource helps students navigate through each stage of preparing for college and applying.
“There is much public discourse currently about the cost of college and equal access to higher education for first-generation-to-college students; however, there is often less focus on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the college admissions process,” said Joan Mazzotti, executive director of Philadelphia Futures.
Early Intervention changes would help. Notebook
Mayor Nutter introduces green schoolyard initiative expansion in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Business Daily
The importance of specific objectives in the classroom. Making the Grade
Opinion: Preparing faculty members to better teach men of color. The Hechinger Report
Creating an Identity-Safe Classroom. Edutopia
State budget stalemate Day 114:
As Pennsylvania's budget impasse creeps toward its fifth month, the Philadelphia School District will need to borrow additional money to cover payroll beyond October.
In August, the District borrowed $275 million to get through the first two months of school because of the logjam in the state Capitol – a move that will ultimately cost an additional $1 million in debt service.
When level best isn't good enough. Daily News
Eighth-grader charts ‘new journey’ at Beeber. The Philadelphia Tribune
Can ed-tech inequality be solved by roving buses with Wi-Fi and loads of equipment? The Hechinger Report
Old memories, new hopes for former Philly high school grounds. The Philadelphia Tribune
State budget stalemate Day 113:
End the budget impasse, superintendents tell state. Times-Tribune
Editorial: Time’s up, Harrisburg: Enact a budget for Pa. Lancaster Online
Budget pains linger for Phila. school district. The Philadelphia Tribune
What civic issues press on the minds of the city's 4th and 5th graders?
The two top mayoral candidates got a chance to find out Tuesday at an event held at Philadelphia School District headquarters and hosted by the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement.
As part of the Free Library’s Teen Author Series, high school students from 13 District and charter schools received a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me to read in their English classes and literature clubs. On Friday, they all listened to Coates read from his book at the Free Library.
Letters: Teaming up for college success. Daily News
The cost of high quality. Notebook
State budget stalemate Day 112:
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan spoke at Northeast High School on Monday to draw attention to the “District’s failure” to fill numerous teacher vacancies in the city’s public schools.
For some students, school doesn’t come easily. They don’t revel in Shakespeare, nor do they thrive in the confines of the classroom. Instead, their brains whir with the goings-on of the street, their main concern protecting their vulnerable bodies.
High school students across Philadelphia identified with this idea as they gathered at the Free Library on Friday to hear Ta-Nehisi Coates read from his latest book, Between the World and Me.
The get-richbusiness of charter consulting. Philly.com
Pa. considers creating a turnaround school district. Inquirer/Hechninger Report
An Aim For Teacher Diversity. Tribune
Why I'm going to 'Brunch with Paul'. Notebook
State budget stalemate Day 111:
Tom Wolf's paradise lost. Daily News
Five weeks into the school year, District officials are reaching the end of their tether with the private substitute placement firm Source4Teachers.
The District has seen the number of staffed classrooms plummet since it outsourced substitute recruitment and placement to the Cherry Hill-based firm in an attempt to boost coverage levels. Source4Teachers has said the firm is working to find solutions, but progress remains slow.
After the fill rate for empty classrooms reached nearly 30 percent in the last week of September, that level has now slumped back to 20 percent, the District said.
I have known Notebook editor/publisher Paul Socolar forever. I recall, years ago, the very first Notebooks being dropped off at my neighborhood school, E. M. Stanton Elementary.
In the ensuing years, the Notebook told the E.M. Stanton School story twice as we fought for the school's very life (Stanton successfully averted closure in 2003 and again in 2012). There is no doubt that having the Stanton story covered by the Notebook made a difference in our successful efforts to keep Stanton open as a good neighborhood school option for our kids and beyond!
Over the years, I have often said, "The Notebook consistently provides the best coverage of public education of any newspaper in the region – hands down." The Notebook moved onto the digital and social media stage without missing a beat.