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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
In 2006, business and community leaders created Every Child A Reader in Escambia (ECARE). The original planning group partners had all the right players---former School Superintendent Bill Maloy and his wife Nancy, School Board member John DeWitt, The Early Learning Coalition, Escambia County [...]
Florida TaxWatch celebrates Taxpayer Independence Day on Monday April 20. Taxpayer Independence Day is the first day in the calendar year that Florida taxpayers, on average, begin earning income that does not go toward federal, state and local taxes. "Taxpayer Independence Day is certainly a [...]
The investigation of allegations of grade fixing at Newpoint High School could take weeks to complete, according to the Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille. "It will take time to go through all the documents and conduct all the interviews," said Marcille. He could not give a [...]