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Early learning programs gain attention of lawmakers

Early learning programs gain attention of lawmakers

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After failing last year to pass legislation upgrading the health and safety standards of Florida's early-learning programs, lawmakers are beginning the process again for 2015. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee [...]

Context Florida: Unleash the power of school protests

Context Florida: Unleash the power of school protests

by Catherine Shore Martinez Jeffrey Hernandez, “whiz kid,” Jeffrey Hernandez, evil genius, Jeffrey Hernandez, testing guru, Jeffrey Hernandez, miracle principal – all contradictory but all attitudes held by different factions in the tumultuous year of his reign as Chief Academic Officer of [...]

Weekend Buzz: Children, Cyber Warriors, LeaP and Wedgwood

Weekend Buzz: Children, Cyber Warriors, LeaP and Wedgwood

The long-awaited decision for Ascension to build a regional children’s hospital in Pensacola has been made. The daily newspaper reports in its Monday edition that the Sacred Heart executives announced yesterday plans to build a new, standalone children's hospital on the grounds of the current [...]

District set to sell Brownsville Middle School to near scrap yard

District set to sell Brownsville Middle School to near scrap yard

School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has found a buyer for Brownsville Middle School, which has been closed since 2007. G.S.I. Brokerage, Inc., a sister corporation of a nearby scrap yard, has offered to buy the property for $475,000. Five years ago, Rev. Lutimothy May and Friendship Missionary [...]

Pensacola State College displays historic Civil Rights photographs

Pensacola State College displays historic Civil Rights photographs

Historic Civil Rights photographs by acclaimed photojournalist Art Shay and eclectic works by the Pensacola State College Visual Arts faculty are on display at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts Jan. 20 - March 13. A world class, street photographer and writer, Shay spent more than [...]

CyberThon 2015 coming to National Flight Academy

CyberThon 2015 coming to National Flight Academy

Joining forces to increase cybersecurity awareness and promote workforce development, local and regional technology leaders are giving students the opportunity to experience authentic cyber operations scenarios while learning from security experts. CyberThon 2015, hosted by the AFCEA Blue Angels [...]

UWF Archaeology Institute receives $290k grant to explore De Luna fleet

UWF Archaeology Institute receives $290k grant to explore De Luna fleet

The University of West Florida Archaeology Institute recently received a Special Category Grant totaling more than $290,000 from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to explore a Spanish fleet associated with Tristan Luna from the 1500s. The archaeological remains of the Spanish ships, [...]

Scott proposes ‘Historic’ education budget increase

Scott proposes ‘Historic’ education budget increase

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Making good on a campaign promise, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask lawmakers to provide the highest per-student funding for education in state history during the legislative session that begins in March. Scott said his "Keep [...]

Viewpoint: The ‘They changed the formula’ education excuse

Viewpoint: The ‘They changed the formula’ education excuse

By Jac Wilder VerSteeg, Context Florida Florida’s national ranking by Education Week has dropped precipitously, to No. 28. In 2013, Florida was ranked No. 6. When Florida’s public education system rose to No. 6, politicians raced to crow and claim credit. The ranking proved, they said, that [...]

Teachers Union will not appeal voucher ruling

Teachers Union will not appeal voucher ruling

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Pointing to discussions with Senate President Andy Gardiner, the state's largest teachers union said Thursday it will stop challenging a 2014 law that included expansion of a voucher-like program that helps send children to private schools. The [...]

Carnegie Foundation honors UWF

Carnegie Foundation honors UWF

The University of West Florida has been selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification, an honor designated to 361 institutions nationwide by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This is the first time UWF has received this prestigious classification. “We [...]

Forgotten memorial to teachers and parents

Forgotten memorial to teachers and parents

This weekend I came across this forgotten marker in front of the old school district offices on Garden Street. Surrounded by weeds and trash, marker goes unnoticed by the thousands who drive by it every day. The memorial honors the 100th anniversary of the Congress of Teachers and Parents, [...]

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