Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Writers

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Jeffrey S. Solochek has reported about Florida's public education system since the first school tried to return recognition funds from Jeb Bush's then-new A-Plus plan. Currently based in Pasco County, he covers state, regional and local education issues for the Tampa Bay Times both in print and online, including weekly podcasts and whatever new formats he can figure out. Follow on Twitter @jeffsolochek.



Pasco Schools employees union seeks tax referendum to support pay raises

The president of Pasco County's school employees union is calling for a referendum in which voters can decide whether to increase local property taxes so teachers and staff can get raises."USEP feels that the burden for coming up with...
Published: 09/17/18
Tabitha Barron, a social worker at Fivay High School, nearly lost her job because she struggled with a state test required for teacher certification. She passed after taking a Pasco school district help session, which Barron called

Tutoring the teachers: School districts work to coach those who struggle on state tests

Tabitha Barron spent two decades in the U.S. Air Force before working with homeless children in San Antonio, Texas, schools.When she moved to Pasco County four years ago, the 51-year-old social worker spent her time tending to "every problem...
Updated one month ago
Turnout for Tuesday's primary was higher than it's been in years. But, as is the case in most elections, many voters did not completely fill out their ballots. Election officials say this does not bode well for the general election, when voters will be asked to consider as many as 13 constitutional amendments at the end of a long ballot. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Voters flocked to Tuesday’s primary, then skipped parts of the ballot. What does that mean for November?

Election supervisors across the Tampa Bay area cheered a higher-than-expected voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary.
Updated one month ago

Pasco teachers react to talk of extending work day and increasing pay

Even as they began circulating details of their plan to extend teacher work days as a way to increase pay, Pasco County school district officials continued to research how unusual their idea might be.Through the state superintendentís...
Updated one month ago
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes

Ten Pasco School Board candidates talk about contentious attendance zone changes

As Pasco County voters head to the polls Tuesday, three School Board races highlight the local choices before them.The eventual winners of Districts 1, 3 and 5 face myriad issues that range from teacher pay raises to the future of charter...
Updated one month ago

Pasco schools donít plan to move teachers over state scores

Florida school districts recently received their teachersí state "value-added" scores, and some scrambled to reassign those who got poor marks out of schools in turnaround status.But Pasco County wasnít one of them, despite state rules relating...
Updated one month ago
MICHELE MILLER   |   TIMES
Faculty member Lisa Ponce assists Joy Celine, center, 11, and Santana Singletary, 10, in finding their new classrooms. Students at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills started the 2018-2019 school year at a spruced up campus.

New programs, new facilities, new optimism mark first day of school in Pasco

A rainbow spanned the horizon behind Wendell Krinn Technical High School early Monday, as students arrived for the first day of classes.Principal Chris Dunning viewed it as a positive omen for K-Tech, as most refer to the school that replaced...
Updated one month ago
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes

Attendance zones key issue in Pasco District 3 School Board race

Insider vs. outsiders.That, in a nutshell, describes the race for Pasco County School Board District 3.Incumbent Cynthia Armstrong, seeking her third term, has ties deep in the business and civic world of the west side. A former...
Updated one month ago
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes

Pasco School Board member faces first challengers in his 12-year tenure

Allen Altman holds up his 12 years on the Pasco County School Board as a reason to send him back for another term."Quite honestly," Altman said, "Iím proud of what Iíve been able to accomplish for my district during my time of...
Updated one month ago
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes

Four younger candidates vie for open Pasco School Board seat

The School Board District 5 race is wide open, after incumbent Steve Luikartís retirement.Whoever wins will represent a generational shift, with the oldest hopeful more than two decades younger than Luikart. Hudson Middle social studies...
Updated one month ago