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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 [...]

Pace teacher on Colbert Report

Pace teacher Dawn Quarles, who was cited for violating the Act for her voter registration efforts in her classroom, is feature on this segment of "The Colbert Report." The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cPeople Who Are Destroying America - Teacherswww.colbertnation.comColbert Report [...]

March 5 – Voluntary Pre-K registration

The School District of Escambia County will begin registering children who will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2012, for Voluntary Prekindergarten at selected Title I school sites. The School District of Escambia County collaborates with Title I, Head Start, and the Early Learning [...]

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 [...]

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