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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 [...]

Newpoint schools get the ax

Newpoint schools get the ax

The Escambia County School Board voted last night to terminate the charter contracts of Newpoint Pensacola High and Newpoint Academy, each by a 4-1 vote. The board unanimously agreed to postpone its vote on Five Flags Academy at Newpoint pending discussions between Newpoint Education Partners and [...]

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 [...]

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