Business

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…

State & National News

Scott finds FDOT project he likes

March 4, 2011

Press Release: Directs FDOT to amend work plan to include $77 million for the port Miami – Standing before a crowd of hundreds at the Port of Miami today, Governor Rick Scott announced plans to fully…

Billings case

Stallworth gets hung jury

March 4, 2011

At 11 p.m. on Thursday, Judge Nick Geeker released the jury in the Donnie Stallworth trial. The former Air Force staff sergeant was on trial for the murder trial of Byrd and Melanie Billings. The State…

News

Does FCAT measure the merit of teacher?

March 4, 2011

I think not. FCAT may measure the effectiveness of entire school district, but not a particular teacher. There are too many variables as School Board member Jeff Bergosh points out in his comments on my other…

Zabriskie
Buzz

Buzz: “Amazing Grace” coming to UWF

March 3, 2011

Buzz: Grace Zabriske, actress, poet and artist, may be coming to the University of West Florida. She may interaction with students and faculty of the Departments of Art, Theatre and English (Creative Writing) in an “Artist…