Education

Education is the key in moving our community and improving the quality of life.

The high-school graduation rate is one of the best indicators of a community’s economic prospects. When companies explore moving to a community, one of the first things they look up is the graduation rate. Our graduation rate is holding the area back. In Escambia County, just 64 percent of our high-schoolers walk away with a diploma. For black students, it’s 51 percent. These numbers are some of the lowest rates in the state.
The state average is 75.6 percent overall. 1 in 3 Escambia County students didn’t graduate last year.

The impact of generational poverty on the community’s economic and educational prospects is reflected in measures such as the free- and reduced-price lunch rate — which in Escambia County is 62 percent.

The Florida Office of Early Learning says on average 33 percent of Escambia 5-year- olds are not ready for kindergarten. Often those children come from poor families.

Community

UWF student shares tale of teacher's impact

James Buttatoven Matthews is a UWF music student who will play Carnegie Hall on April 20. Read full story

Community

Honoring the bright, artistic stars

The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation will honor outstanding high school seniors at the 2014 Mira Creative Arts Awards Banquet on March 27. Read full story

Commentary

WHS students lead the way

PRESS RELEASE — More than 13,941 pounds of food have been given by the Booker T. Washington High School DECA Chapter to feed the hungry in our area. Read full story

Community

Steven Barry talks road work, parks, more

Escambia County Television recently shared the highlights video from District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry’s latest town hall meeting. Read full story

Community

Building dollars and sense

PRESS RELEASE — A $100,000 gift from Pen Air Federal Credit Union aims to improve the financial literacy of students at the University of West Florida. Read full story

Community

Every student, every day, whatever it takes

Shannon Nickinson – Editor, Progress + Promise  Oakcrest Elementary School has every excuse on paper not to do well. But over the last eight years, the students and staff there been quietly building a culture of success and community inclusion. Read full story

Community

Shannon's Window: Turning around the story at Oakcrest

Working at Oakcrest Elementary isn’t for everyone. Read full story

Education

"Sacred Landscapes" in black and white at PMA

Shannon Nickinson – Editor, Progress + Promise — PRESS RELEASE — Artist, and fellow Floridian, Kevin Boldenow is bringing part of his photography collection to the Pensacola Museum of Art. Read full story

Community

The tale of 2011

In June of 2011, the Pensacola City Council unanimously voted to allow Mayor Ashton Hayward to negotiate a lease for Bruce Beach with the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission to build a fish hatchery. Read full story

Education

Local children help researchers learn how readers are built

FSU study includes Pensacola area preschoolers in study of how young children become strong readers.

FSU research program includes Pensacola metro area preschoolers in study of how young children grow to be strong readers. Read full story

Education

PHS recognizes National Merit Scholars

Look at the big brains on these kids. Read full story