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More from Robinson on FCAT writing

The Florida Commissioner of Education, Gerald Robinson, must still be catching heat over the FCAT writing exam results. He issued this statement on Wednesday afternoon: “Yesterday’s vote by the State Board of Education to recalibrate the school grading scale of the FCAT Writing test was [...]

Energy Star Awards

By Stephanie Sharp --- At the school board meeting last night, seven Escambia county schools were presented with Energy Star awards. The Energy Star program from the EPA promotes energy efficiency as both a smart financial and environmental decision. Yes, it is the same program used to rate home [...]

Official Statement of FCAT Writing Exam (debacle)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DOE PRESS OFFICE TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012 (850) 245-0413 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ADOPTS FCAT WRITING PERFORMANCE LEVEL STANDARD TALLAHASSEE – The [...]

Robinson defends FCAT writing exam

Robinson defends FCAT writing exam

Education Commissioner Gerald Robinson held a press conference this afternoon and allowed reporters from around the state to question him about the Florida Board of Education's decision earlier in the day to drop the standard for passing the writing exam from a 4 to a 3 --on a scale of 1 to 6. [...]

State Board of Education lowers FCAT writing passing grade (update)

The Florida Board of Education voted today unanimously to lower the passing grade for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test writing exam. Preliminary results showed only about a third of students had passed, down from 80 percent in 2011. The 2011 test is more difficult and the board raised [...]

Rubio misstates facts about student loans

Republicans in the Senate voted down a bill to block an increase in the interest rates for student loans last week. In explaining his "no" vote, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, said the Democratic bill would raise taxes on small businesses. "As someone with a student loan and with a state with [...]

Doubling Stafford interest rate harms African-American households

More than 7 million students and their families rely on federally subsidized Stafford loans to help pay for college. The loans are distributed by the U.S. Department of Education and currently hold an interest rate of 3.4 percent. That rate is set to double if Congress fails to act by July 1, [...]

Oh no, preliminary FCAT writing scores are dismal

Preliminary data released today shows that only 27 percent of all Florida fourth graders scored a Level 4 or higher on the writing portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Last year 81 percent scored at Level 4 or higher. The other grade levels didn't score much better-- Eighth graders [...]

PSC now in Gulf Breeze

PSC now in Gulf Breeze

Navarre and Gulf Breeze PSC commuters now have a campus closer to home located at 5075 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. “There is a great deal of excitement in South Santa Rosa County with the opening of our Center on Gulf Breeze Parkway and Nantahala Road,” said Pensacola State President Ed Meadows. [...]

Making Science Fun

Making Science Fun

For fans of Science Saturdays, a monthly program run by IHMC during the school year for kids in grades third to fifth, another science based program is underway. “My experience with the demand for Science Saturdays, it has inspired the effort to begin exploring the feasibility of starting a [...]

Blog and DonorsChoose help local students

Blog and DonorsChoose help local students

On this blog, we have an ad for DonorsChoose.org that leads to a link for donation requests by local teachers for their students. All politics aside, public education is about the classrooms and the students. We're proud that we have been able to help several teachers, via DonorsChoose. Here is [...]

Missing UWF student found

We just heard from UWF that the missing resident student has been found. The University Police Department has made contact with the student and he is safe and in good health. UPD thanks everyone for the many tips it received in response to the alert.

UWF student missing

UWF student missing

From the UWF: UWF Police department is investigating a missing resident student. The student was last heard from when he was leaving campus in his car on Friday morning, May 4, 2012. He was reportedly giving a friend a ride to the airport. Student's name: Jacob Will Sasser. He is 5 foot 7 inches [...]

“Bully” Showing at Movies 4

“Bully” Showing at Movies 4

It's a movie that you want to see and don't want to see at the same time. But as more and more children are bullied in the classrooms, on social media, on their way home from school, more and more children succumb to the fight against their bullies. Movies 4 will begin showing the film today [...]

“Next Right Thing”

“Next Right Thing”

The “Next Right Thing” extended-day tutoring program is meeting or exceeding their goals to help under-performing elementary school students read at grade level, according to a recent report by United Way of Escambia County. Last August, United Way of Escambia County awarded a potential [...]

Born to Learn

Born to Learn

Today the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County will dedicate the third Born Learning Trail at Roger Scott Tennis Center sponsored by Baptist Health Care, which will offer learning games to help children build pre-literacy skills critical to school readiness. The Born Learning trail [...]

Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year

Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year

Joshua Simmons, a second year third grade teacher at B.C. Russell Elementary School, was recently named the 2012 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year 2012. Simmons was selected from a field of 30 educators with three or less years of teaching experience who were honored at this event. The Gulf Breeze Area [...]

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