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Help teachers teach

DonorsChoose.org grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in our public schools. Charles Best, then a social studies teacher, sensed that many people would like to help distressed public schools, but were frustrated by a lack of [...]

Oh, By the way

How many of you believe that it's just a coincidence that two new schools that are being built are in the districts of school board members who were once mentioned as possible opponents to Superintendent Malcolm Thomas (Bill Slayton/Ernest Ward, Patty Hightower/A.K. Suter)?

Only 52 percent of students at Suter Elementary live in attendance zone

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and the Escambia County School Board want to replace A.K. Suter Elementary with a new $21-million facility--the most the district has ever spend on an elementary school. As of February 2012, the school had 381 students, but what the superintendent didn't tell the [...]

Florida Voices column gets attention

Florida Voices column gets attention

  FEATURED STORIES Parent trigger bill sparks fierce debate as vote nears By Leslie Postal Orlando Sentinel A proposal that could let parents decide the fate of failing public schools is sparking fierce debate as it heads to a final vote in the Florida [...]

Lincoln Park has largest enrollment increase

Lincoln Park has largest enrollment increase

Lincoln Park Elementary has been on Superintendent Malcolm Thomas' chopping block for nearly a year. The mistake he made this time was to tell parents, teachers and church leaders that was his intention. Led by Principal Christine Nixon and area pastors, the school led, without any support from the [...]

Parent Triggering bill could destroy public education

My latest column for Florida Voices is on the proposed "parent triggering" bill, the crowning blow to a decade-long effort to take “public” out of education and unload struggling schools, especially those that serve poor, black, Hispanic and special-needs students. Read more.

U.S. Dept. of Education finds huge racial disparities in public education

U.S. Dept. of Education finds huge racial disparities in public education

A report released today by the U.S. Department of Education has particular significance for Escambia County, in light of our cover story on such disparities ("Black & White"), the District's not using budgeted funds for instruction while accepting $60 million in Title 1 dollars and the closure of [...]

Building a Better Future

Building a Better Future

UWF's Building Construction program is dedicated to teaching students the latest technology, incorporating the highest standards in energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. Josh Newby with the university communications, explains: The construction industry requires its professionals to [...]

In 9 years, Escambia School District General Fund Reserves grew 377%

I reviewed the past 9 years to see how the Escambia County School District has grown General Fund Reserves under both Malcolm Thomas and his predecessor Jim Paul. The reserves have grown 377%. Unbelievable! I compared that growth to what has happened in Santa Rosa County. The neighboring county [...]

How did School District grow reserves by 177% in two years?

We know that local governments have struggled these past two years as property taxes have fallen and other revenues have declined. Salaries have been frozen, programs cut and every department has been hit. The City of Pensacola and Escambia County have worked to keep their general fund reserves at [...]

We’ve got a portable for that. West side needs classrooms

We’ve got a portable for that. West side needs classrooms

The Escambia County School District has 475 portables that have 3,487 student stations, according to documents received by the IN via a public information request. It has another 259 modular buildings on its school campuses with 2,718 student stations. Total non-permanent buildings on school [...]

U.S. Department of Labor awards $3.9 million to UWF, Chipola College

Programs will train Northwest Florida residents for high-skill jobs PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $3.9 million grant to the University of West Florida and Chipola College to provide education, training and job placement assistance to meet the demand for high-skill [...]

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