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.


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


Shannon's Window: Turning around the story at Oakcrest

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


"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


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


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


PHS recognizes National Merit Scholars

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


The “Million Dollar Teacher”

Some of the kids at Oakcrest Elementary School are calling John Herber “the million dollar teacher.” Read full story


UWF Student Summered at Harvard

Ruth Ashley, a senior mathematics student at the University of West Florida, spent the summer at Harvard University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates internship program, an opportunity she described as “a dream come true.” For 10 weeks, Ashley worked at the Institute for Applied Computational Science as part of a pilot program that develops opportunities for students to apply mathematics to solve real-world problems proposed by industry sponsors. Read full story


Escambia Teachers Get Nearly $54,000 in Grants

Escambia County Public Schools Foundation’s Grants for Excellence Committee announced that 62 teachers will receive grants for classroom projects. Read full story


Tech Career Expo, Marcel Jufer Top Week at UWF

An engineering and tech career expo, Veterans Day observances, a financial literacy lecture and a professor from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology talks electric car motors this week at the University of West Florida. Read full story


UWF Making a Home for Innovation

UWF's Innovation Institute is bringing community connection to the heart of Belmont-DeVilliers

Pam Northrup is guiding the UWF Innovation Institute to build collaborative, innovative partnerships in the Pensacola community. Read full story