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Deja vu: House set to defeat Senate Health Plan

Deja vu: House set to defeat Senate Health Plan

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Despite several changes made in recent days to assuage the concerns of the Republican majority, the Florida House remains poised to defeat a health-care expansion plan backed by a bipartisan group of senators. More than two hours of questioning [...]

Newpoint board knew NEP was pulling out May 22, but kept news from teachers and district

Newpoint board knew NEP was pulling out May 22, but kept news from teachers and district

Last night the 21st Century Academy of Pensacola board voted 4-0, with Tracy Adcock absent, not to appeal the notices of termination from the district for two of its three charter schools, Newpoint Pensacola High and Newpoint Academy. It also accepted a financial report that the board will [...]

The mystery man behind Newpoint Education Partners

The mystery man behind Newpoint Education Partners

When you go to Newpoint Education Partners' website, you will find under "Leadership Team" the names: Mr. David Stiles, Vice President, Operations and Development; Carla Lovett, Vice President, Curriculum and Instruction; and Mr. John Stack, Vice President, Ohio Operations. You will not find [...]

Pensacola Speaks today – latest developments on Newpoint Education Partners

Pensacola Speaks today – latest developments on Newpoint Education Partners

Is the charter school empire built by Marcus May about to collapse? There are definitely cracks showing on the walls. I will share on News Talk 1370 WCOA the latest information on the NEP and the local schools. I also ask teachers, parents and students to call in and share their [...]

No doubt Medicaid expansion will help low-income families

No doubt Medicaid expansion will help low-income families

Gov. Rick Scott and his Agency for Health Care Administration might not know if the Senate's FHIX and Medicaid expansion will help provide health care coverage to more Floridians, but the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) does. CEA released this morning its estimates of the health and [...]

Hayward on running for Congress, in his own words

Hayward on running for Congress, in his own words

Last month, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had not ruled out running for Congressman Jeff Miller's seat. His answer is pure Hayward-speak, but leaves the listeners thinking that he is considering running. The mayor definitely sees himself as the type of person the Republican Party is looking for [...]

NC State Board of Education places hold on Newpoint charter schools

NC State Board of Education places hold on Newpoint charter schools

NC Policy Watch reports today that the North Carolina State Board of Education voted to temporarily put the brakes on allowing that Newpoint Education Partners opening schools in its state. The Board referred Pine Springs Preparatory Academy in Wake County and Cape Fear Preparatory Academy in [...]

The battle for Charlotte’s Web

June marks the anniversary of when Gov. Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Cannabis Care Act, which legalized Charlotte's Web. This week's cover story investigates why patients still can't receive it. Read The Faces of Cannabis.

Airport bond outlook improves from negative to stable

Airport bond outlook improves from negative to stable

The City of Pensacola reports Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has affirmed the “BBB” rating of Pensacola International Airport’s revenue bonds and has revised its outlook on the bonds from negative to stable. The Standard & Poor's report highlighted Pensacola International Airport’s [...]

City PIO tells PNJ Hayward not running for Congress

City PIO tells PNJ Hayward not running for Congress

The PNJ asked City of Pensacola Public Information Officer Vernon Stewart if the mayor was considering a run for Congress next year. Stewart said the mayor was focused on being a "great mayor for the City of Pensacola." Read PNJ. On May 21, Hayward appeared on the Morning Show on News Talk [...]

Rolling Hills continues to burn

Rolling Hills continues to burn

These dump fires can be challenging to put out. Stay tuned.

A Healthy Florida Works praises Senate for health care vote

A Healthy Florida Works praises Senate for health care vote

A Healthy Florida Works Regarding the Florida Senate’s Passage of the FHIX Program “Florida’s business community called for action on our state’s health care crisis, and the Florida Senate responded. Today, the upper chamber took a historic step forward by passing Senate Bill 2-A, [...]

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 [...]

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