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State to rescore 2006 FCAT 3rd-grade reading tests

State to rescore 2006 FCAT 3rd-grade reading tests

I can't believe this didn't make the daily newspaper today. Bill Kacsor of AP reports: The disclosure that part of Florida's standardized assessment test was too easy last year overshadowed the release today of 2007 results showing continued improvement at almost every grade level. The [...]

Clinton Campaign Song Contest

Clinton Campaign Song Contest

Sen. Hillary Clinton wants your input on picking a campaign theme song. More than 100,000 Americans have responded. Clinton has asked voters to choose from nine titles or propose their own songs. Here are the nine recommended titles preselected by Clinton's staff: Smash Mouth's version of I'm a [...]

Mobile Steel Plant may be boon

Mobile Steel Plant may be boon

The German steelmaker, ThyssenKrupp AG, plans to build a $3.7 billion plant in Mobile County, Ala. There will be 2,700 permanent jobs and 29,000 temporary construction jobs. The question is: where will these workers live? East Mississippi, Mobile County, South Baldwin County or West Pensacola? [...]

New home purchases

New home purchases

The other rumor I heard tonight at Martini Night was that new home sales are improving in the Panhandle. What's the biggest factor? The military. Projects near military bases are thriving.

Why? Why? Why?

Why? Why? Why?

The Santa Rosa Island Authority avoided any decision on redefining hotels and condos on Pensacola Beach tonight. Why? The word I got was the board members were informed by the Escambia County Commissioner who appointed them that they would be removed from the SRIA board if they voted on the [...]

State Fire Marshall letter

State Fire Marshall letter

We finally received a copy of the letter from the State Fire Marshall on his investigation of the Escambia County Volunteer Fire Departments. There are some serious allegations being investigated. Read:  Fire Marshall Letter Please note when Thelma Manley and Front Porch received a letter [...]

FCAT scores are out

FCAT scores are out

Check out Florida DOE site: SCORES

Hawkshaw Photos

Hawkshaw Photos

Click here for musical slide show - song by The Zac Brown Band: HAWKSHAW PHOTOS More to come....

Gannett newspaper operations slip

Gannett newspaper operations slip

According to AP: Gannett's April revenue shrank by 2% from April 2006, with ad revenue falling 3.1%. Goldman Sachs analyst Peter Appert cut his profit estimates for both companies (McClatchy Co., too ) for the rest of this year, and for 2008 and 2009. He said McAllen, Va.-based Gannett is [...]

Explain this Dave Murzin

Explain this Dave Murzin

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: The Florida Legislature ended its annual session without achieving its No. 1 goal: reducing property taxes. Legislators did, however, vote to increase property taxes by $546 million. It happened because of the way Florida allocates money for schools. The new state [...]

Rubio tax plan – unequal

Rubio tax plan – unequal

St. Petersburg Times: A St. Petersburg Times analysis of county property appraiser data has found that one out of 10 homes would not benefit from a plan recently floated by House Speaker Marco Rubio. Many of those who would be left behind live in lower-cost housing, including mobile homes or [...]

Property tax politics

Property tax politics

The Florida Association of Counties has put together a "communications tool kit" to help local officials influence public opinion through the media, the Internet and volunteers. Let's see if our local politicos will use it.

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