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.

Teaching African-American and Holocaust history? Prove it, Florida Board of Education says

Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, urges the Florida Board of Education to hold schools accountable for teaching the Holocaust and African-American history, as required by lawmakers in 1994. The board was considering a rule on the matter at its Sept. 20, 2019, meeting in Jacksonville. The Florida Channel
School districts will have to report how they are providing the instruction required in Florida law.

Hundreds of Wesley Chapel students could be reassigned to new schools in 2020

The Pasco County school district would rezone the Seven Oaks subdivision from the Wiregrass Ranch High feeder pattern to the Cypress Creek High feeder pattern, beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Pasco County school district
The Seven Oaks subdivision is the primary target for rezoning.

Florida education news: School threat tips, state testing, and voucher funding

Fortify Florida is a new app that allows for anonymous reporting of suspected school threats. Florida Department of Education
A roundup of stories from around the state.

A new Florida app is tracking school threats, but many are bogus

Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning says Fortify Florida, the new state-sponsored app that allows students to report potential threats, is
Vague and anonymous tips often waste law enforcement’s time and disrupt the school day, says Kurt Browning, president of Florida’s superintendents association.

Teens still learning English shouldn’t have to pass Florida’s 10th grade English test, lawmaker says

Rep. Susan Valdes, D-Tampa, during a Feb. 7, 2019, meeting of the House PreK-12 Appropriations subcommittee. [The Florida Channel]
‘One test should not determine the rest of your life,’ Rep. Susan Valdes says.