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Thomas will allow students to hear Obama speech

September 13, 2010

Last year, Superintendent of School Malcolm Thomas refused to allow his students to hear President Barack Obama’s speech to open the school year. It was too disruptive, according to Thomas. That was then, this is now.…

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Don Gaetz’s Legislative Report

May 29, 2010

Press Release: 2010 Legislative Session Report The 112th session of the Legislature reflected the struggles of Florida families and businesses during the most challenging economic conditions since the Great Depression. Hard times brought rapidly increasing demands…


Boo hoo, no voodoo–Groups oppose Evers bill

April 19, 2010

ACLU Press Release: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Numerous religious organizations, clergy and nonpartisan citizen organizations representing a wide range of interests today called upon Florida Speaker of the House Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater to…

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Other education changes on the horizon

April 19, 2010

The Miami Herald is reporting other changes could await Gov. Crist’s signature: More advanced classes for high school graduation: “Students will have to take geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry or physics plus one equally rigorous science…


School Board needs to table Camelot decision

March 16, 2010

Rebekah Allen’s story ( Camelot questioned over allegations of force) on the firm that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas wants to have takeover the alternative schools raises many questions. The first issue is the lack of time for…


Story appointed to State Education Board

March 10, 2010

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Gulf Power CEO/President Susan Story has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the state Board of Education. Read more.…


Perdido Bay Tribe heads to capitol

March 5, 2010

Press Release: PERDIDO BAY TRIBE TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS EVENT AT FLORIDA CAPITOL MARCH 19TH Chief Bobby Johns Bearheart will present declaration during special ceremony PENSACOLA, Fla. (March 4, 2010) – Perdido Bay…


Judge Goodman tackles truancy

January 25, 2010 reports that Circuit Judge Ross Goodman has written the Escambia County School Board a letter declaring that the district has a truancy crisis. Judge Goodman is proposing the district implement a School Truancy Operation Program…


In-school suspension improves stat

December 28, 2009

In 2007-2008, Escambia County had 7,482 out-of-school suspensions. All those days were counted as unexcused absences and led to the School District being ranked 15th out of 67 school districts for highest unexcused absenteeism, according to…


Florida schools could lose out on federal aid

February 5, 2009

The Economic Stimulus package that was approved by the House requires states to maintain school spending to ”at least at the level of fiscal year 2006” to qualify for as much as $3.58 billion in education…


Florida fails at higher education

December 3, 2008

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released its latest report that evaluates the state’s colleges and universities. Florida didn’t do too well. • Only 27 percent of Florida high school students take at…


Other counties are closing schools

November 19, 2008

St. Pete Times reports Pinellas school administrators have identified five elementary schools that could be closed next year as the district deals with budget problems and long-running enrollment declines. This year’s spending will be cut by…