Cover story gets attention

February 24, 2012

My phone has been ringing and we’ve received dozens of emails on the Feb. 23 cover “Black & White.” Much of their focus has been on education.

It is amazing that 43 years after Judge Arnow ordered the desegregation of Escambia County Public School the district only has 8 black principals. One minister told me, “At that rate, we will be 2055 before we have a mix of principals that reflects the demographics of the student population.”

Sort of gives a whole new meaning to the phrase: “Come to Pensacola and step back into time.”

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  • Theresa March 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I’m curious what all the complainers are doing about the disparity, besides complaining. I don’t see a huge amount of community leaders at the low income school where I mentor. In fact, I’ve never seen ANY of the complaining writers or politicians at the Global Learning Academy. Where are you? Why aren’t you stepping up to the plate and helping these disadvantaged children? Did it ever occur to you that the Global Learning Academy is the most advanced, state of the art school in the district and is probably 97% free lunch? What are you complaining about? My children never had an opportunity to attend such a school. What my children did have was parents whose priority was a good education, dropping out was never an option. Parents who were involved in their education and helped in their school. I don’t see either of those things in the kids I serve at GLA, so I try to instill it in them. Someone has to teach them that the way to get ahead is to get a good education, go to college and find meaningful work. I think this article and today’s about Mr. Jerralds is meant to incite racism. Unless you all are going to DO something about the disparity by jumping in and changing these circumstances, you just add to the problem. By the way, Escambia County School District needs hundreds more mentors to serve these kids. Anybody? Anybody?

    • Rick Outzen March 2, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Stating the facts isn’t complaining. Malcolm Thomas claims that he is data-driven in his decision making. Well, here is the data.

  • helpmehere February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

    this ain’t rocket science. Change the position to an appointed one and bring someone in with a track record of fixing problems similar to ours and let him or her shake up the system. You can’t do it with someone who has spent their career in the broken system. The group that backed Malcolm for office needs to be held to task.

  • George Hawthorne February 27, 2012 at 7:26 am


    African American leaders are in an uproar. Our actions are to look for a candidate to run for Superintendent.

    It is clear that after four years of his leadership, he doesn’t have the best interest of the African American community in his heart and there is no interest from African Americans to continue his leadership!

  • joe riley February 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

    This was the most informative story I have read since moving to Pensacola. My question is where are the leaders the African American community should be in a up roar. Rick I agree we need to fix our educational system, not build new buildings for a select few. Rick keep digging I think you will find more information

  • Greatescape February 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    A good start would be to quit electing the superindentant. Many commmunities hire a superintendent & require certain qualifications. If he/she doesn’t perform they can be fired & you can move on without waiting for the next election. Can it still go wrong — oh yes — but at least you aren’t limited to a politician in the community. Someone in the area may be wonderful — but if not, you have the option of hiring a candidate from somewhere else. As the community’s needs change, your criteria can change.

  • Ames February 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Eric2 wrote “If a great public education system is the key to Pensacola‚Äôs future, how do we get there?”

    You recruit professionals from the north east and north west.

  • observer February 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

    How many black teachers are there working on their administration certifications, or that have them? Is there a way to research that?

  • Eric2 February 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I was glad you wrote your I.N. article ‘Black and White’, but it was not new information.

    If a great public education system is the key to Pensacola’s future, how do we get there?

    It can’t be easy, but there is a groundswell of support.