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Nothing said about Newpoint issues with the school gave its quarterly report

Nothing said about Newpoint issues with the school gave its quarterly report

In its press release today, Newpoint pointed out: "Over the past 4 years of operation, Newpoint Pensacola High School and Academy have had numerous levels of oversight which indicate solid operations. Some examples include: AdvancED Accreditation review, monthly financial reports submitted to the [...]

Newpoint claims terminations politically driven

Newpoint claims terminations politically driven

The daily newspaper has received an email from Carla Lovett, Newpoint Education Partners’ vice president for curriculum and instruction. The tone is more combative than what has been sent to Pensacola Newpoint parents and faculty. She said that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas’ recommendation [...]

Thomas blames staff for not keeping school board informed on Newpoint

Thomas blames staff for not keeping school board informed on Newpoint

1620 News Radio's Andrew McKay interviewed Superintendent Malcolm Thomas this morning about his recommendation to terminate the charter contracts for the three schools run by Newpoint Education Partners - Five Flags Academy at Newpoint, Newpoint Academy and Newpoint Pensacola. Thomas blamed his [...]

Newpoint administrator vows to fight terminations

Newpoint administrator vows to fight terminations

The parents of students at the three charter schools run by Newpoint Education Partners received a letter, via email, yesterday from Carla Lovett, an officer of NEP. NEP is no longer denying the allegations, but is claiming they are "exaggerated to appear to be more significant than they really [...]

Breaking News: Superintendent recommends terminating Newpoint charters

Breaking News: Superintendent recommends terminating Newpoint charters

The May 19 agenda for the Escambia County School Board was released yesterday. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is recommending the board give 21st Century Academy of Pensacola, Inc. (the non-profit set up by Newpoint Education Partners to get charters) 90-day notice of termination of the charter [...]

PS Today: Tale of Two Charter Schools

Are all charter schools treated equally by Superintendent Malcolm Thomas? On Pensacola Speaks today, Rev. Lutimothy May will talk about his dealings with the superintendent when he tried to help a failing charter school, A. A. Dixon. In 2011, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas wanted to close [...]

Newpoint allegations – what the records indicate

Newpoint allegations – what the records indicate

The School District, and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas personally, were notified of teachers being pressured to change the grades of seniors so the students would graduate. A pastor also hand-delivered a packet of evidence to the school district. It included information about the grade [...]

Education Town Hall tonight

Education Town Hall tonight

As part of an ongoing series of reports on local education, the Studer Community Institute is hosting a town hall meeting that BlabTV will broadcast live tonight at 8 p.m. The Education Town Hall With Mollye Barrows, presented by Cox Communications and sponsored in part by Hill-Kelly Dodge, also [...]

PS Podcast: Coach Shinnick talks about UWF football

PS Podcast: Coach Shinnick talks about UWF football

On Pensacola Speaks, I talked with UWF Head Football Coach Pete Shinnick about his first spring drills. He shares his philosophy on building a football team and what we can expect in the future.

NY Times: Escambia County is among worst counties in U.S. for children in poor families

NY Times: Escambia County is among worst counties in U.S. for children in poor families

The New York Times reports that if you’re poor and live in the Pensacola area, it’s better to be in Okaloosa County. In fact, the younger you are when you move to Okaloosa, the better you will do on average. Children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, more likely [...]

Newpoint: Superintendent and staff knew of grade tampering allegations a year ago

Newpoint: Superintendent and staff knew of grade tampering allegations a year ago

Despite earlier claims that district only recently learned of possible grade tampering at Newpoint High School, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and his staff knew of the allegations in May 2014, according to records Inweekly has received from the School District through a public records request. [...]

PS today: Latest on Newpoint allegations

PS today: Latest on Newpoint allegations

School Board member Jeff Bergosh will be on the show to discuss the latest information the allegations of grade tampering at Newpoint High School. 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.

Newpoint: Principal told teachers their jobs depended on graduate rate

Newpoint: Principal told teachers their jobs depended on graduate rate

Newpoint High School is under investigation after we reported in March that whistleblowers came forward with allegations of grade tampering. The school had weeks before received a check from Gov. Rick Scott for "earning" its third consecutive "A" grade. Newpoint responded to the controversy with [...]

State Testing woes continue

State Testing woes continue

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Less than a week after Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation to roll back the number of tests taken by students at public schools, the state's new, online standardized testing system was once again roiled Monday by log-in delays at several [...]

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