Jeffrey S. Solochek, Pasco schools, State Education and Higher Education Reporter

Jeffrey S. Solochek

Pasco schools, State Education and Higher Education Reporter

I've been an education reporter for more than 25 years, in Illinois, Texas and Florida. Why stick with it? Because I see education as key to our community, whether it's about children learning, teachers and staff working, or residents seeking the best for their tax dollars. Our school systems are critical to our society, and I strive to tell you what's going on there. I've worked at the Tampa Bay Times since 2000, covering statewide education issues as well as the districts in Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Think I've missed something? Send your ideas my way. I read all my emails.

Florida education news: School volunteers, tardiness and a studentís pro-life club

A school bus travels the early morning streets. One Marion County elementary school will change its start time because some parents say they can't get their kids to school before the first bell.
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Florida education news: Funding decisions, union lawsuit and bad costume choices

Gov. Ron DeSantis greets local officials at Dunedin High School on Oct. 7, 2019, part of a swing around the state to announce his plan to boost starting teacher pay in Florida to $47,500. MEGAN REEVES  |  Tampa Bay Times
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Three Pasco teacher of the year finalists announced

Pasco County's 2020 teacher of the year finalists are Jennifer Dixon, Joel Santos Gonzalez and Patty Hanley. Pasco County school district
The winner will find out with a surprise visit later in the school year.

Gradebook podcast: Can Florida afford teacher raises and increase per-student funding, too?

Rep. Chris Latvala, R-Palm Harbor, chairs the House PreK-12 Appropriations committee. News Service of Florida
House PreK-12 Appropriations chair Chris Latvala discusses leadershipís education priorities and how they hope to get there.

Florida education news: School threats, attendance zones and color-coded caps and gowns

The Palm Beach County school district is talking about whether to allow high schools to have girls wear one color and boys another at graduations like this one. Some have suggested the practice leaves out some students.
A roundup of stories from around the state.