Tuesday, July 17, 2018


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.

Chris Stowe, recently was named Pasco School District security director.

Artist, advocate, Marine: New Pasco school security director compelled to serve

LAND O’ LAKES — Chris Stowe has a storied past as an explosives technician in the U.S. Marine Corps.The retired master gunnery sergeant has mementos of his service — a field knife mounted to the lid of an explosives box, for instance — hanging...
Updated: 2 hours ago

New student address verification rules on tap for Pasco schools

Pasco County parents have demanded for more than two years that their school district make sure students are not lying about their addresses. They’ve done so in hopes it might alleviate the need to change attendance zones at crowded...
Published: 07/17/18

Pasco moms ask school district for more anti-discrimination efforts and training

Sheena Lofton-Huggins saw her son struggle this past year dealing with racism and prejudice at Mitchell High School. He didn’t have all the support he needed, Lofton-Huggins said, or the strategies to stand firm. When she sought to send...
Published: 07/11/18
Pasco County school busses  ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Pasco school district prepares to teach about its inner workings

Hoping residents will get a better understanding of the "breadth and complexity" of the system, the Pasco County school district is preparing to launch its first Citizens Academy.Superintendent Kurt Browning and his administrative team have...
Published: 07/04/18

Pasco parents need to register for online report cards

Pasco County parents should not check the mailbox for their children’s report cards this summer.The grades are coming online only.After months of planning, the district intended to release fourth-quarter report cards in the MyStudent...
Updated one month ago
  Fivay High principal, Christina Stanley, (standing) engages students about how to get the message out to peers during the 6th Annual Together We Stand Youth and Community UNITY Summit held June 4 at River Ridge Middle High.

Pasco summit aims to merge school cultures while making students feel included

NEW PORT RICHEY — The dozen Fivay High school students and their administrators arrived at the Pasco County school district’s annual Together We Stand conference with a clear goal in mind.With hundreds of former Ridgewood High students arriving...
Updated one month ago

Safe schools, career training high on Pasco parents’ wish list

Citing later state testing windows as a primary reason, the Pasco County school district has done away with senior week off, moving final exams later in the spring and scheduling graduations in June instead of the end of May.The School Board...
Updated one month ago

Pasco schools check student addresses, find a few who don’t belong

Pasco County school district officials have stepped up their efforts to make sure students are attending the school they’re zoned for, with a stricter address verification process.Though helpful in rooting out families providing false...
Updated: 2 months ago

Challenges dismissed, west-side Pasco school rezoning moves to May 29 vote

The Pasco County School Board’s two-year effort to redraw attendance zones for west-side middle and high schools is nearing an end. Parent Jim Stanley has dropped his legal challenge of the latest proposal, paving the way for the board to act...
Updated: 2 months ago
Sabrina Michelle Hensley, 40, is accused in her husband's death. To the left of her booking photo is the Anglecrest Drive home where Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies say the shooting occurred. [Hillsborough County Jail, Google]

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.
Updated: 2 months ago