PAUL SOCOLAR was a burr under the saddle of many public officials before training his sights on the city's public schools.
In 1994, Socolar and a band of committed community activists dropped everything else to form the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. After 16 years, the "Notebook" has grown from a pamphlet to a 32-page bimonthly with 60,000 regular readers. Its Web site, TheNotebook.org, is a daily stop for serious public-school advocates.
A monthly "Newsflash" and daily blogs keep its readers current between editions. The Notebook is published in Spanish and English and circulated in all sections of the city.