Education

FCAT Science scores a mixed bag

June 7, 2011

You have to love how the daily newspaper spins the FCAT scores of the Escambia Public School District, without any critical analysis. The paper ignores the reading and math, but hones in on the science scores—not…

Buzz Politics

Buzz: County may privatize juvie

June 7, 2011

Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver told the IN yesterday that he is looking into privatizing the county juvenile detention. The state is charging the county $280 per day for each person in the regional center. “I…

Education

Early learning critical to reading improvement

June 7, 2011

I received this email from the head of the Early Learning Coalition: Rick, I believe the facts in your 6/2/11 Buzz article are correct. However, I think your perspective on the facts misses the point. There…

Escambia County

Escambia County avoids budget crisis

June 6, 2011

Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver stopped by the IN offices to discuss the 2011-12 budget. The good news is the budget is balanced without a tax increase despite a projected 3.5 percent decrease in property taxes.…

Education

Little or improvement in FCAT math

June 6, 2011

As with reading, Escambia School District was below the state average for percentage of students who score 3 or above on the math tests. Seventh grade  was 10 points below state average, eighth 9 points below…

Education

Little improvement in FCAT reading, grades 4-10

June 6, 2011

The FCAT reading scores show a slight improvement for Escambia County, but all its grades, except for ninth, had a lower percentage of students score 3 or above than the state average.  Okaloosa and Santa Rosa…

Environment

Escambia/Pensacola gets EPA brownfield grants

June 6, 2011

Press Release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it will award a total of $7 million in Brownfields grants to 10 communities in Florida for the assessment and cleanup of brownfields properties, including…

BP Disaster

Test results on local oysters

June 6, 2011

From Emerald Coastkeepers: Through funding from Gulf Coast Fund and our members, Emerald Coastkeeper has initiated a long-term oyster sampling project. Every six months we are collecting oysters inland of Perdido, Pensacola and Destin Passes in…

Business

May jobs reinforces moderate growth

June 6, 2011

From John Peacock, Edward Jones advisor: I want to share our perspective on the May jobs numbers. Below are comments from our investment strategist, Kate Warne. Is the Economy Stalling? The lack of job growth in…