News

Every Child Can Read Escambia fails

March 9, 2011

We know that reading and literacy are big issues for Escambia County. An analysis of FCAT grades over the past five years shows that the Escambia County Public School District struggles with reading. In 2007, Judge…

News

Vampire Diaries sailor from Pensacola

March 8, 2011

OUTZEN NEWS THEOREM: Every weird news story has either a Pensacola or a Germany connection. Latest proof: A sailor may be discharged from the US Navy after he fell asleep in another sailor’s bed while watching…

Buzz

Buzz: Gannett to charge for pnj.com?

March 8, 2011

Bloomberg is reporting that Gannett Co., the owner of the Pensacola News Journal and 82 newspapers including USA Today, is considering charging for its online content. It’s testing the water with three of its papers Gannett’s…

State & National News

For a Better Florida

March 8, 2011

The St. Petersburg Times has published every year since 1951 its preview of the annual legislative session, “For a Better Florida.” It gives an insightful view into this year’s session. Read more.…

State & National News

Florida Chamber goes after teachers

March 8, 2011

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has begun running radio ads attacking teachers for opposing the so-called “merit pay” bills in the state legislature. Using fear tactics that have have become the standard political strategy of the…

Politics

Escambia County slowest growing county

March 8, 2011

Escambia County, Florida is the slowest growing county in the region, according to the latest census estimates that were released yesterday. The county is growing, but only at a snail’s pace—a 0.4 percent, not 40 percent,…

State & National News

Nodine update

March 7, 2011

Mobile Press Register: Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon has not decided whether she will retry former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine on murder and stalking charges. Until she does, Circuit Judge Charles Partin has said…

Politics

Yahoo complaint

March 6, 2011

Had a reader complained about a Yahoo toobar being added to his Firefox browser when he downloaded other software. It was default setting that he didn’t catch when the new software was installed. Suddenly Yahoo was…

News

Lower FCAT schools don’t keep high grades

March 5, 2011

Escambia County schools have some successful years, but rarely do they maintain those high grades. If FCAT scores are based on the merit of the teachers, then why can’t high grades be maintained? Allie Yniestra Elementary…

Education News

Why Escambia Public Schools aren’t progressing

March 4, 2011

Reading is the issue. Our math gains consistently range from 69-65 percent, but the gains in reading range from 61-55 percent. The percentage of students meeting the high standards has steadily increased, but the percentage increases…

Education

Escambia School District ranked in bottom 25 percent

March 4, 2011

The Florida Department of Education has been grading the school districts based on their FCAT scores since 2003-2004 school year. In 2009-2010 school year, Escambia County Public School District had one of its worse rankings in…