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Buzz: Brownsville Middle sale not on school board agenda

For the second consecutive month, the proposed sale of Brownsville Middle School to George Hawthorne and his Diversified Program Advisors is not on the agenda…

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After nine years of FCAT, high schools aren’t better

After nine years of teaching to FCAT tests at every level, we should see FCAT scores improve at high school. The high school grades should…

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Why Escambia Public Schools aren’t progressing

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…

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Escambia School District ranked in bottom 25 percent

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…

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FCAT scores to determine teacher pay

Yesterday, I interviewed a parent who pulled his son out of Escambia County Public School District because he felt all the teachers had been doing…

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Bright Futures may be cut again

Bright Futures, the merit-based college scholarship program for Florida high school graduates, may be cut yet again from $3,750 a year to $2,900. This scholarship…

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Student challenges new District drug policy

I received this email from a Washington High student who questions, as I have, the School District’s decision to drug test its best students rather…

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Breakdown of School District costs for records

What is now called “Public Records Request #97” – documents regarding the internal investigations into Warrington Middle School- will cost the IN $374.40 because of…

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Escambia Student Expulsions declining

The Escambia County Public School District has slowed down on its student expulsions. In January and February 2010, the District expelled 46 students. During the…

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