Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright covers Pinellas County Schools since joining the Times in 2015. Florida born and bred, she was raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida.

Somber mood one year later at Marjory Douglas High School

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Absences were excused for those who couldn’t bear to attend Stoneman Douglas’ “Day of Service and Love,” a short day for students to serve breakfast to first responders and pack meals for...

Parkland anniversary looms over grieving parents and family

Mourners bring flowers as they pay tribute at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 during an open house as parents and students returned to the school for the first time since 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at the school in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) 1239262
Many of the victims’ families contacted said they planned to spend the day, Thursday, privately.

Parkland shooting panel concludes work, sends 400-page report to governor

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Commission chair and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the investigative phase of the commission, which will sunset in 2023, is “significantly done.”

Bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc’s Democratic targets also targeted on his van

Paul Bilodeau parked at a Publix in Oakland Park last Thursday and couldn't help but notice the van that parked next to him, an old white van covered in Trump stickers. Law enforcement say the van belonged to Cesar Altieri Sayoc, 56, who has been accused of sending pipe bombs to former president Barack Obama's and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's homes and CNN's New York offices, among others. (Courtesy Paul Bilodeau/Sun Sentinel/TNS)
The man arrested in connection to suspected explosive packages mailed to Democratic political figures and newsrooms has been seen around the Aventura area driving a large white van plastered with..

It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Jakea Davis prepares last-minute posters for her Calusa Elementary kindergarten classroom. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida's public school...