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AFCEA Pensacola Chapter Awards Ten College Scholarships

AFCEA Pensacola Chapter Awards Ten College Scholarships

Press Release: The AFCEA Blue Angels Pensacola Chapter has announced recipients of the 2015 STEM scholarship for graduating high school seniors. Funds for these scholarships were a result of tremendous community support and sponsorship of the CyberThon 2015 event, led by a major gift of $20,000 [...]

UWF announces gift honoring local musician Larry Butler

UWF announces gift honoring local musician Larry Butler

Press release: Yesterday, the University of West Florida announced a new fund in memory of Pensacola native and celebrated musician Larry Butler. Gifts made by Butler’s family and friends led to the establishment of the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award. This award will be used to support UWF [...]

Women’s Civic Forum: Archaeologist author to speak on lost cemeteries as historic record and sacred space

Women’s Civic Forum: Archaeologist author to speak on lost cemeteries as historic record and sacred space

Press Release: What happens when a real estate developer’s backhoe unexpectedly pulls up human remains? What is the responsibility of the living toward the resting places of those long dead? Globe-trotting Pensacola bioarchaeologist Jennifer E. Mack will address these questions and others at [...]

Newpoint board knew NEP was pulling out May 22, but kept news from teachers and district

Newpoint board knew NEP was pulling out May 22, but kept news from teachers and district

Last night the 21st Century Academy of Pensacola board voted 4-0, with Tracy Adcock absent, not to appeal the notices of termination from the district for two of its three charter schools, Newpoint Pensacola High and Newpoint Academy. It also accepted a financial report that the board will [...]

The mystery man behind Newpoint Education Partners

The mystery man behind Newpoint Education Partners

When you go to Newpoint Education Partners' website, you will find under "Leadership Team" the names: Mr. David Stiles, Vice President, Operations and Development; Carla Lovett, Vice President, Curriculum and Instruction; and Mr. John Stack, Vice President, Ohio Operations. You will not find [...]

Pensacola Speaks today – latest developments on Newpoint Education Partners

Pensacola Speaks today – latest developments on Newpoint Education Partners

Is the charter school empire built by Marcus May about to collapse? There are definitely cracks showing on the walls. I will share on News Talk 1370 WCOA the latest information on the NEP and the local schools. I also ask teachers, parents and students to call in and share their [...]

NC State Board of Education places hold on Newpoint charter schools

NC State Board of Education places hold on Newpoint charter schools

NC Policy Watch reports today that the North Carolina State Board of Education voted to temporarily put the brakes on allowing that Newpoint Education Partners opening schools in its state. The Board referred Pine Springs Preparatory Academy in Wake County and Cape Fear Preparatory Academy in [...]

PS podcast: Bergosh on Newpoint scandal

PS podcast: Bergosh on Newpoint scandal

Escambia School Board member Jeff Bergosh yesterday said on “Pensacola Speaks” that news that Newpoint Education Partners had fired its entire Pensacola Staff hit him like “a ton of bricks.” However, he was pleased that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas was taking action that could ensure [...]

Newpoint fires teachers without getting final grades

Newpoint fires teachers without getting final grades

Jeni Booker Senter was one of the teachers fired by Newpoint Education Partners yesterday. She taught English, Language Arts and Creative Writing at Newpoint Academy and Newpoint High Pensacola. When she and her fellow teachers were let go Tuesday morning, NEP failed to check whether it all the [...]

Bergosh says school district will withhold $140K from Newpoint

Bergosh says school district will withhold $140K from Newpoint

On "Pensacola Speaks", School Board member Jeff Bergosh said that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas plans to withhold Newpoint's last check, which he estimated to be about $140,000. Those fund would be used to pay the remaining pay due the teachers, according to the school board member. We will [...]

Pensacola Today topic: Newpoint cheating scandal

Pensacola Today topic: Newpoint cheating scandal

Escambia County School Board member Jeff Bergosh will come on the show to discuss the latest developments regarding the Newpoint charter schools. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the discussion – 850-478-3116. For iPhones [...]

What Newpoint told the teachers when they were fired

What Newpoint told the teachers when they were fired

This is the written notice Newpoint Education Partners gave its teachers today: "As all of you know, despite all our best efforts to prevent this situation and due to the actions of an employee of our schools and the Superintendent and Escambia County School Board, the schools' charter contracts [...]

Thomas pre-files for third term as school superintendent

Thomas pre-files for third term as school superintendent

The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections office has notified the newspaper that School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has pre-filed for a third term. The last superintendent to serve three terms was J. E. "Bud" Hall (1965 - 1977).

Newpoint fires teachers

Newpoint fires teachers

Newpoint Education Partners today fired its teachers at its three charter schools in Escambia County, including Five Flags Academy-the only school that still had a charter agreement. The teachers will be paid two days and were told to immediately apply for unemployment. In the message read to the [...]

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