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Airport food concessions revenues appear to be returning

Airport food concessions revenues appear to be returning

The Mayor's Office announced today that Chick-fil-A will open tomorrow at the Pensacola International Airport, completing the year-long transition to OHM food concessions at the facility. In the press release, Mayor Ashton Hayward said he was excited that the airport would now have chicken biscuits [...]

PS podcast: Bergosh on Newpoint scandal

PS podcast: Bergosh on Newpoint scandal

Escambia School Board member Jeff Bergosh yesterday said on “Pensacola Speaks” that news that Newpoint Education Partners had fired its entire Pensacola Staff hit him like “a ton of bricks.” However, he was pleased that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas was taking action that could ensure [...]

Hayward can run for Congress without giving up mayor post

Hayward can run for Congress without giving up mayor post

As one reader pointed out to me today, Florida law does not force a municipal, county or state official to resign in order to run for a federal office. The law was passed to allow then-Governor Charlie Crist to run as John McCain's vice president in 2008---had McCain asked him instead of Sarah [...]

Newpoint fires teachers without getting final grades

Newpoint fires teachers without getting final grades

Jeni Booker Senter was one of the teachers fired by Newpoint Education Partners yesterday. She taught English, Language Arts and Creative Writing at Newpoint Academy and Newpoint High Pensacola. When she and her fellow teachers were let go Tuesday morning, NEP failed to check whether it all the [...]

Scott undermines Senate health care plan

Scott undermines Senate health care plan

Senate Appropriations Committee is tired of the games the Scott administration is playing in the legislative battle over health care. On Monday, state Medicaid director Justin Senior appeared before the House Health & Human Services Committee. She told the lawmakers the question of whether more [...]

Telephone polling for Hayward

Telephone polling for Hayward

Last night, I received a couple calls that someone was polling about the U.S. Congressional race ---if Rep. Jeff Miller choses to run for U.S. Senate next year. Voters were asked if they would vote for Ashton Hayward for Congress.

Bergosh says school district will withhold $140K from Newpoint

Bergosh says school district will withhold $140K from Newpoint

On "Pensacola Speaks", School Board member Jeff Bergosh said that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas plans to withhold Newpoint's last check, which he estimated to be about $140,000. Those fund would be used to pay the remaining pay due the teachers, according to the school board member. We will [...]

Pensacola Today topic: Newpoint cheating scandal

Pensacola Today topic: Newpoint cheating scandal

Escambia County School Board member Jeff Bergosh will come on the show to discuss the latest developments regarding the Newpoint charter schools. 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. For iPhones [...]

What Newpoint told the teachers when they were fired

What Newpoint told the teachers when they were fired

This is the written notice Newpoint Education Partners gave its teachers today: "As all of you know, despite all our best efforts to prevent this situation and due to the actions of an employee of our schools and the Superintendent and Escambia County School Board, the schools' charter contracts [...]

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).

Coastal Cabaret Ensemble sings Sondheim this weekend at PLT

Coastal Cabaret Ensemble sings Sondheim this weekend at PLT

Press Release: In their fifth anniversary show, the Coastal Cabaret Ensemble will be performing songs from America's musical theatre master in Everything's Coming Up Sondheim this weekend, June 5th through 7th. Stephen Sondheim turned 85 this year and his music has been heard in theaters, [...]

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 [...]

House, Senate still stuck in health debate

House, Senate still stuck in health debate

By BRANDON LARRABEE AND MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A rare June special session began Monday with legislative leaders promising to get done with the unfinished business left over from their annual spring meeting: passing a spending plan for the budget year that begins July [...]

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 [...]

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