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State may require charter school operators to give more history

State may require charter school operators to give more history

The Florida Board of Education will consider on Wednesday an amendment to charter school applications that would require operators to disclose their history with other charter schools. Applicants, board members and management companies would be required to list all charter schools they've been [...]

UWF moves up to fifth in performance

UWF moves up to fifth in performance

The University of West Florida has jumped from 12th to 5th in the state's performance based funding (PBF) measurement system. Dr. Judy Bense sent out this letter: Dear Colleagues, In 2014, the Florida Board of Governors introduced a new performance based funding (PBF) measurement system for [...]

Newpoint Education has attendance problems in Ohio, too

Newpoint Education has attendance problems in Ohio, too

When School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas recommended that Escambia County School Board terminate the contracts for Newpoint Pensacola High and Newpoint Academy, his staff pointed out the poor record keeping for attendance as one issue among the litany of their problems. Newpoint Education [...]

NC schools cut ties to Newpoint Education Partners

NC schools cut ties to Newpoint Education Partners

Two North Carolina charter schools seeking approval to open in 2016 have dropped Newpoint Education Partners (NEP) as their management company. Pine Springs Preparatory Academy and Cape Fear Preparatory Academy had their charter applications sent back to the state's Charter School Advisory Board [...]

Newpoint used Bay County funds for Pensacola schools

Newpoint used Bay County funds for Pensacola schools

The Panama City News Herald reports that Newpoint Education Partners violated Florida Department of Education rules. The Bay County School District's staff found that 80 items purchased with charter school program funds were delivered to Newpoint Schools in Escambia County. Sixty-five computers, [...]

School enrollment is flat in Escambia County

School enrollment is flat in Escambia County

Less than year after Escambia County voters approved an extension of the sales tax for public schools--and two weeks after he pre-filed for a third term, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is ready to launch a huge construction initiative.  The Escambia County School Board has approved the purchase [...]

Brevard School Board selects new superintendent

Brevard School Board selects new superintendent

Most large school districts in Florida have an appointed school superintendents. Escambia County is the largest district that still elects its school leader. Yesterday, the Brevard County School Board picked Desmond Blackburn to be the new superintendent of Brevard Public Schools. The board [...]

Newpoint teachers told to find lawyers

Newpoint teachers told to find lawyers

Yesterday, the Escambia County School Board held a workshop. A former Newpoint teacher attended and reported on the discussion to his fellow teachers. The email was share with me: I attended the working group that started at 9 am and remained until 1 pm. The meeting was still going on when I [...]

District trails state averages on EOC assessments

District trails state averages on EOC assessments

The Florida Department of Education released the first set of standardized test results late Friday afternoon from the spring testing administration. Among the tests were the fifth and eighth grade science exams and end of course exams in U.S. history, biology and civics. Escambia County fifth [...]

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 [...]

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