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PS Today: Alachua County Education Compact

PS Today:  Alachua County Education Compact

Today, we will interview Ian Fletcher, VP of Workforce Development at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alachua County Education Compact. We will discuss how Alachua leaders have joined forces to improve public education in their county. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA [...]

Alachua County leaders join together for better public education

Alachua County leaders join together for better public education

The Alachua County School District has been a "C" district for the past two years. Yesterday, Alachua County community leaders, educators and elected officials signed an agreement committing to work together to improve educational outcomes for every student in their county. The Alachua County [...]

Will Newpoint pay its teachers?

Will Newpoint pay its teachers?

Tonight the Escambia County School Board will vote on whether the district should send 90-day termination notices to the three charter schools run by Newpoint Education Partners (NEP). The schools will have the right to appeal the decision. NEP will continue to receive funds from the district [...]

PS Podcast: Charter schools cashing in on kids

PS Podcast: Charter schools cashing in on kids

On Pensacola Speaks, I spoke with Miami Herald investigative reporter Kathleen McGrory on her coverage on charter schools. She and Scott Hiaasen worked together in September 2011 on the series “Cashing In On Kids” that found Florida charter schools are a big industry with little oversight. [...]

Evidence against Newpoint schools compelling

Evidence against Newpoint schools compelling

For an hour and 45 minutes, Escambia County School District staff went over evidence at Friday's school board workshop that documented the district's case to terminate the contracts of Newpoint Pensacola High, Newpoint Academy and Five Flags Academy. Newpoint Education Partners (NEP), [...]

Final Showdown is the biggest: Malcolm Thomas vs. Newpoint Education Partners

Final Showdown is the biggest:  Malcolm Thomas vs. Newpoint Education Partners

In a week filled with showdowns, the last one—Superintendent Malcolm Thomas vs. Newpoint Education Partners—could be the biggest. At 1:30 p.m. today, the Escambia County School Board will hear the superintendent’s case to terminate the charter contracts for the three schools run by NEP. [...]

Newpoint says it was blindsided by Thomas

Newpoint says it was blindsided by Thomas

Newpoint Education Partners tonight said in a press release that it was caught off guard by Superintendent Malcolm Thomas' recommendation for the Escambia County School Board to terminate its charters for Five Flags Academy, Newpoint Academy and Newpoint Pensacola High School. NEP said that [...]

PS today: Miami Herald reporter talks about big money in charter schools

PS today: Miami Herald reporter talks about big money in charter schools

Miami Herald investigative reporter Kathleen McGrory has covered charter schools for years. She and Scott Hiaasen worked together in September 2011 on the series "Cashing In On Kids" that found Florida charter schools are a big industry with little oversight. Kat is a state government reporter in [...]

Palm Beach County charter school shows risk of poor oversight

Palm Beach County charter school shows risk of poor oversight

The Palm Beach County School District may have to repay $2.5 million to the state because it failed to provide proof of the attendance records of a closed charter school. A state Auditor General's report said the district failed to provide class attendance records for 736 students enrolled at [...]

Newpoint update: Bergosh speaks out, FDOE letter, NEP fights, Edgar investigates

Newpoint update: Bergosh speaks out, FDOE letter, NEP fights, Edgar investigates

School Board member Jeff Bergosh has issued a statement on the Newpoint issue. Last Friday, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas recommended that the school board terminate its charter agreements for the three schools run by Newpoint Education Partners. Bergosh is upset with how the superintendent's [...]

Newpoint in trouble in Bay County

Newpoint in trouble in Bay County

The company that runs three charter schools in Escambia County had its grant applications for two new schools in Bay County denied. The Florida Department of Education said the schools, Newpoint Bay Preparatory Academy and Central High School, were denied based on "serious concerns" about [...]

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 [...]

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