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Achievement gap recommendations fail to force school district to look in the mirror

Achievement gap recommendations fail to force school district to look in the mirror

Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has a problem. His schools have failed to educate a vast number of the students in his district. He and the school board formed the Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force, made up of city, county, community and school district [...]

Superintendent failing to meet the goals he set for himself

Superintendent failing to meet the goals he set for himself

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has six goals for himself. He is completing his sixth year in office. He has done well on two of them. The other four he has not –which gives him a “D” on most grading scales. 1. All schools scoring "C" or above on state accountability system. The school [...]

Accountability system did not work for Escambia County third graders

Accountability system did not work for Escambia County third graders

In May 2012, 19 percent of Escambia's third-graders scored in reading a 1 -- the lowest score -- and 9 percent scored a 5 -- the highest score. In math, 52 percent of Escambia's third-graders were proficient; 21 percent scored a 1; and 8 percent scored a 5. Escambia Schools Superintendent [...]

Escambia County third-graders have not gained any ground in five years

Escambia County third-graders have not gained any ground in five years

The school year 2008-2009 was the last group of third graders who attended class under former Superintendent Jim Paul. Escambia County third-graders did as well as the state averages in reading and math - in 70's percentile. The FCAT test has changed and has gotten harder since then so the best way [...]

Inside Warrington Middle School ‘revival’ meeting

Inside Warrington Middle School ‘revival’ meeting

Yesterday Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas and County Commissioner Gene Valentino held a town hall meeting to reportedly come up with solutions to revive Warrington Middle School, the 10th worst middle school in the entire state of Florida. How could the school go from a 'C' school 2009 [...]

Commissioner Valentino joins Superintendent Malcolm Thomas for meeting on WMS

Commissioner Valentino joins Superintendent Malcolm Thomas for meeting on WMS

Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, Escambia County School District, will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Warrington Middle School, 450 South Old Corry Field Road, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Residents are invited to discuss what we can [...]

A year after promises to make schools safer, Thomas starts assessments

A year after promises to make schools safer, Thomas starts assessments

In the days after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas told the daily newspaper, “We're going to do everything, every day to keep our children safe." In January 2013, Thomas created the Escambia County’s Security Task [...]

Escambia graduation rate up, but still below state rate

Escambia graduation rate up, but still below state rate

More high school students received diplomas this year in Florida, according to a report released yesterday by the Florida Department of Education. FDOE shows 75.6 percent of Florida's high school seniors graduated this year. That's up ten percent from 2009 when Florida's graduation rates were [...]

Fraud at school cafeterias

Fraud at school cafeterias

Now we know why the Escambia County Public School District set up a toll-free fraud hotline. The daily newspaper reports that an outside audit of the district's free and reduced lunch program has revealed that at least two schools--Tate High School and Ferry Pass Elementary-- were reimbursed by the [...]

Searching for Boo Man and AJ

Searching for Boo Man and AJ

At a press conference held in the media room of Montclair Elementary School, Sheriff David Morgan talked about the recent arrests of nine individual--seven under the age of 18 and Escambia County middle school students--for the burglaries of Montclair and Molino Park schools. Investigators are [...]

A different take on drug expulsions

A different take on drug expulsions

The daily newspaper reports that drug expulsions are up in the Escambia County public schools. Superintendnent Malcolm credits his random drug tests, the drug dog sweeps and his student drug awareness program, "You, me, be drug free!" When the school district initiated its drug program in 2010, [...]

Molino Park Elementary School vandalized. When will school district improve school security systems?

Molino Park Elementary School vandalized. When will school district improve school security systems?

At the beginning of the year, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas established a task force to come up with measures to improve school security. He asked parents to send their recommendations to their school principals. The task force came about because of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School [...]

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