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‘Education’ Archives

NY Times columnist blasts FCAT

The NY Times wrote about the FCAT today. There are two paragraphs by Michael Winerip that stood out: Does the test truly measure what the students know: Last year, Rick Roach, 63, a member of the Orange County School Board in Orlando, attracted national attention when he took the state’s [...]

What a school superintendent can do

Cami Anderson, a New York school superintendent, made Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential list. Why? "In New York City's then infamous District 79, Cami declared that whether a child had been incarcerated or pregnant or had dropped out, aged out or flunked out, she could still nurture her genius, [...]

Camp Landfill

Are the kids looking for stuff to do this summer? Escambia County is inviting them to the landfill. The Escambia County Department of Solid Waste is hosting the ‘Dump Your Kids at the Perdido Landfill for a Day’ camp this summer. According to a county press release, participants will enjoy [...]

Escambia County Receives Grant From Laura Bush Foundation

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries announced that 238 school libraries are being awarded $1,126,315 in grants for 2012.  The schools receive grants of up to $5,000 to expand, update, and diversify their library book collections. Partnering this year with the Laura Bush [...]

Buzz: A.A. Dixon has pulled its school grade up

The word that we are getting is that A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence has successfully pulled its grade up to at least a D level. The state has yet to release the official grades, but the school grade is a over 400 points. The minimum for a D grade is 375, according to our sources. If [...]

Florida Tops the Nation in Hispanic Graduation Rates

Hispanic and African American students in Florida are much more likely to graduate from high school than their counterparts in other states according to a new national report. Education Week today released the 2012 Diplomas Count report highlighting Florida’s graduates compared to the nation. The [...]

Thomas has few minority principals, it’s not likely to improve

The Escambia County Public School District has a very diverse student enrollment. Only 49.7 percent of the students are white. However 78 percent of the principals are white. And according to the latest list of principals  and candidates eligible to become principal (what's known as the "Principal [...]

Florida Students Move Ahead in Reading and Math

Florida’s students continue to exceed expectations on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0). Yesterday’s results for FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics show that students did better than expected overall when measured on more demanding standards. The 2011-12 school year is the [...]

Santa Rosa County in the top 5 for Reading, Science and Math

The release of reading, math and science scores for Santa Rosa County 4th to 8th grade students finds that SRC in the top five in all grade levels. “Santa Rosa County celebrates our ranking in the top of the state,” Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said in a press release. “Even with a more [...]

FCAT Crisis: Escambia County stuggles with reading

The FCAT 2.0 reading scores are out. Escambia County trails the state and neighboring counties. Fourth Grade - percentage passing State: 62% Escambia: 58% gap from state percentage: 4 pts Okaloosa:72% Santa Rosa: 74% Fifth Grade - percentage passing State: 61% Escambia: 55% gap [...]

PSC’s Healthcare Workshop

PSC’s Healthcare Workshop

Pensacola State College will hold a workshop for people interested in health-related careers. “Everything You Need to Know about Getting into Your Health-Related Program” will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Student Center, Building 3600, on the Warrington campus. Whether you are [...]

Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. Here in Pensacola, literacy is a major problem in some of the impoverished neighborhoods and since the local chapter’s inception in the mid-1970s, thousands of children have been given books to [...]

Pensacola can compete in new economy, at least some can

Cities have found that one of the most critical ingredients for a successful transformation is college graduates. Metropolitan areas with fewer graduates are falling behind in the economic recovery. (See NY Times) Only 24 percent of the adult residents of metropolitan Dayton have four-year [...]

St. Paul teachers honored by Library of Congress

Press Release: Local Teachers to Participate in National Educational Program Lori Cuevas, Lorelei Darga and Katrina Mougey of St. Paul Catholic School in Pensacola, Fla., have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary [...]

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