Education

School Board workshop on SESIR scheduled

April 8, 2011

The Escambia County School Board has scheduled a workshop on School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) for April 14. The workshop will be held in Room 160 at the JE Hall Center on Texar Drive beginning…

Education

Santa Rosa aggressive on school crime

April 8, 2011

Santa Rosa County takes a much more aggressive stance on incidents of crime and violence in its school system. In fact, it reports 92 percent of the most serious crimes to the law, the state percentage…

Education

School Board policy isn’t complex

April 8, 2011

What School Board member Jeff Bergosh should be asking is why isn’t Superintendent Malcolm Thomas enforcing school board policies in regards to crime: 7.14 (2) Crime and substance abuse are not tolerated in this District. Delinquent…

Education

Bergosh declares campus crime data too complex

April 8, 2011

Escambia County School Board member Jeff Bergosh wrote on his blog that data in the Florida’s School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) System is “complex and there are many factors that go into the reporting of…

Education

School stories attract web readers

April 8, 2011

The Inweekly.net website has doubled its readership over the past two weeks. Tarnished Turnaround had more readers in its first 24 hours online than any cover story in the paper’s history. The news article on the…

Education

Charter schools aren’t necessarily the answer

April 8, 2011

ProPublica has published an article on charter schools. We tend to think of charter schools as locally run schools like Pensacola Beach Elementary, but the majority aren’t. The ProPublica article highlights White Hat —the same company…

State & National News

Ingram fights for manure, not ARC

April 8, 2011

While ARC Gateway Pensacola is laying off staff and eliminating in-home support, day care and supported living services. State Rep. Clay Ingram’s fertilizer bill, HB 457, keeps chugging along. Rarely in the annals of Escambia County…

News

PNJ declares fair food safe

April 8, 2011

First, the rides and now the food at the Santa Rosa County Fair have been declared safe by the daily newspaper. We can all sleep better….just not in a dumpster.…

Education

Lessons learned

April 7, 2011

Today I was asked during a radio interview on WUWF if the suspected sexual assault at Tate High School had triggered our cover story, Tarnished Turnaround. It didn’t, but it spurred me to dig deeper and…

Education News

A School District that gets it right

April 7, 2011

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the public school system (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade) for Montgomery County, Md., a suburban area just outside Washington, D.C. MCPS is the 16th largest school district in the United States,…

News

Blog predicts PNJ front page

April 7, 2011

It doesn’t happen often that this blog publishes first the front page articles of the next day’s 20-page daily newspaper. Yesterday we gave you the actual hurricane report from Colorado St. and the poll on Gov.…

Education

Tarnished Turnaround: Overnight comments

April 7, 2011

Our investigative report on Warrington Middle School and the under-reporting of crime and violence in the Escambia County Public School District has already gotten over a dozen emails. Here are two of the best: OMG, you…