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No nurse for you!

No nurse for you!

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas sounds like the "Nurse Nazi" in today's PNJ article about the state legislature cutting funding for school nurses. Despite having doubled the district's unrestricted reserves to a record-setting $56.5 million, the superintendent said that he only has funds for nurses [...]

Watson Study recommended closing Suter to save money

Watson Study recommended closing Suter to save money

My Outtakes for March 1 points out the unfairness in how Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and his school board treat the black community - "Black & White Decisions." Eight years ago, NFCN of Tallahassee, Florida was employed by Escambia County School District to review its schools and make [...]

Mayor responds to School District claim on discord on closed schools

Mayor responds to School District claim on discord on closed schools

Yesterday I posted an email from a concerned citizen about his request that the playground at the close Allie Yniestra Elementary School be made available to neighborhood kids. He stated the Deputy Superintendent Norm Ross said that the School District wanted to make the resources available but [...]

School District blames City for playground issue

School District blames City for playground issue

Mayor Ashton Hayward tried to work with School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas on the closed schools inside the city limits. They met over six months ago and nothing has been heard from Thomas on the mayor's proposal. Last week, Councilman Brian Spencer addressed the Escambia County School Board at [...]

Hult Global Case Challenge Announces Regional Winners of US$ 1 Million Poverty Competition

The University of West FLorida needs to compete in this next time: (BOSTON – Feb. 28, 2012) Hult International Business School today announced the regional winning teams of its 3rd Annual Hult Global Case Challenge. Carnegie Mellon University, Hult International Business School, ESADE, Aarhus [...]

School District has $56.5 million in unrestricted reserves

School District has $56.5 million in unrestricted reserves

The Escambia County Public School District has accumulated $56.5 million in unrestricted reserves, or 21.1 percent of total General Fund expenditures, according to the 2011 Superintendent's Annual Financial Report. Supt. Malcolm Thomas and his school board have more than doubled these reserves [...]

Census Bureau: Bachelor’s Degree Attainment Tops 30 Percent for the First Time

In March 2011, for the first time ever, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults 25 and older had at least a bachelor's degree, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. As recently as 1998, fewer than one-quarter of people this age had this level of education.  From 2001 to 2011, the number of [...]

Cover story gets attention

My phone has been ringing and we've received dozens of emails on the Feb. 23 cover "Black & White." Much of their focus has been on education. It is amazing that 43 years after Judge Arnow ordered the desegregation of Escambia County Public School the district only has 8 black principals. One [...]

DOE Commissioner complains School Grading System too easy

DOE Commissioner complains School Grading System too easy

This really points out how backwards the Escambia County School District is. The Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson supports changing the state's school grading system because: "Under our current school grading system, it is possible for a school to receive an ‘A’ grade when [...]

REPORT: Positive Student Outcomes in Community Schools

The Center for American Progress issued a report today proposing that community schools that provide services and programs for both students and their families positively affected learning outcomes. From their website: "In a nation where 42 percent of children live in low-income families, too [...]

Buzz: Pensacola loses Caterpillar plant because of schools

Caterpillar Inc. announced last Friday that it had picked a site near Athens, Georgia, for a plant that will build small tractors and excavators, investing $200 million to shift some production from Japan. The facility will employ 1,400 people once it is fully operational in about five years. [...]

National Study shows alarming increase of children living poverty

National Study shows alarming increase of children living poverty

The number of children living in poor neighborhoods has increased dramatically during the last decade in Florida and elsewhere, according to a new report, set for release today, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This report comes on the heels of the IN cover story on huge racial disparities in [...]

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