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Pensacola Speaks today – latest developments on Newpoint Education Partners

Pensacola Speaks today – latest developments on Newpoint Education Partners

Is the charter school empire built by Marcus May about to collapse? There are definitely cracks showing on the walls. I will share on News Talk 1370 WCOA the latest information on the NEP and the local schools. I also ask teachers, parents and students to call in and share their [...]

NC State Board of Education places hold on Newpoint charter schools

NC State Board of Education places hold on Newpoint charter schools

NC Policy Watch reports today that the North Carolina State Board of Education voted to temporarily put the brakes on allowing that Newpoint Education Partners opening schools in its state. The Board referred Pine Springs Preparatory Academy in Wake County and Cape Fear Preparatory Academy in [...]

PS podcast: Bergosh on Newpoint scandal

PS podcast: Bergosh on Newpoint scandal

Escambia School Board member Jeff Bergosh yesterday said on “Pensacola Speaks” that news that Newpoint Education Partners had fired its entire Pensacola Staff hit him like “a ton of bricks.” However, he was pleased that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas was taking action that could ensure [...]

Newpoint fires teachers without getting final grades

Newpoint fires teachers without getting final grades

Jeni Booker Senter was one of the teachers fired by Newpoint Education Partners yesterday. She taught English, Language Arts and Creative Writing at Newpoint Academy and Newpoint High Pensacola. When she and her fellow teachers were let go Tuesday morning, NEP failed to check whether it all the [...]

Bergosh says school district will withhold $140K from Newpoint

Bergosh says school district will withhold $140K from Newpoint

On "Pensacola Speaks", School Board member Jeff Bergosh said that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas plans to withhold Newpoint's last check, which he estimated to be about $140,000. Those fund would be used to pay the remaining pay due the teachers, according to the school board member. We will [...]

Pensacola Today topic: Newpoint cheating scandal

Pensacola Today topic: Newpoint cheating scandal

Escambia County School Board member Jeff Bergosh will come on the show to discuss the latest developments regarding the Newpoint charter schools. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the discussion – 850-478-3116. For iPhones [...]

What Newpoint told the teachers when they were fired

What Newpoint told the teachers when they were fired

This is the written notice Newpoint Education Partners gave its teachers today: "As all of you know, despite all our best efforts to prevent this situation and due to the actions of an employee of our schools and the Superintendent and Escambia County School Board, the schools' charter contracts [...]

Thomas pre-files for third term as school superintendent

Thomas pre-files for third term as school superintendent

The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections office has notified the newspaper that School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has pre-filed for a third term. The last superintendent to serve three terms was J. E. "Bud" Hall (1965 - 1977).

Newpoint fires teachers

Newpoint fires teachers

Newpoint Education Partners today fired its teachers at its three charter schools in Escambia County, including Five Flags Academy-the only school that still had a charter agreement. The teachers will be paid two days and were told to immediately apply for unemployment. In the message read to the [...]

Warrant gives details on Newpoint Pensacola cheating scandal

Warrant gives details on Newpoint Pensacola cheating scandal

Inweekly obtained the Warrant Arrest Application for Christopher D. Fowler, the Newpoint Pensacola math teacher who was arrested on four counts of violating the state’s Test Security Rules during the period of January 2013 to June 2014. A Newpoint student told the State Attorney and School [...]

Newpoint Pensacola teacher charged

Newpoint Pensacola teacher charged

State Attorney Bill Eddins and Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas announced today that Christopher David Fowler, a teacher at Newpoint Pensaccola, has been arrested on four misdemeanor charges for violating Florida’s Test Administration and Security Law. Each charge constitutes a first [...]

DBPR, FICPA encourage accounting students to apply for Clay Ford Scholarship

DBPR, FICPA encourage accounting students to apply for Clay Ford Scholarship

Press Release: The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Division of Certified Public Accounting and the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) are encouraging minority accounting students statewide to apply for this year’s Clay Ford Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each [...]

Charter school problems Jacksonville and Orlando

Charter school problems Jacksonville and Orlando

The Florida Times-Union reports on the abrupt closure of Acclaim Academy and other schools run by Dennis Mope. Acclaim's teachers are left without their June and July paychecks. Parents of 229 students have scrambled to schools to finish out the year. Acclaim also had a charter school in [...]

Musing on the Newpoint saga

Musing on the Newpoint saga

Carla Lovett presented last night Newpoint Education Partners' improvement plan for Newpoint Pensacola High and Newpoint Academy. For the Escambia County School Board, the plan was too little, too late. The board voted to terminate the contracts for both the Newpoint high and middle [...]

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