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.

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Feb. 11, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis makes an education announcement at Calvary Christian Academy in Orlando on Feb. 15, 2019. [WKMG live screen grab]
A collection of news and views from the past week.

Gov. Ron DeSantis unveils plan to expand state money for private school tuition

Gov. Ron DeSantis makes an education announcement at Calvary Christian Academy in Orlando on Feb. 15, 2019. [WKMG live screen grab]
He proposes a new scholarship for low-income students similar to the tax credit program already in place.

Florida education news: Funding, contracts, textbooks and more

[Associated Press | 2016]
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Pasco school-related employees approve contract

Negotiators for the Pasco school district and United School Employees of Pasco conduct contract talks on Dec. 19, 2018. Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times
The School Board already ratified the agreement.

Pasco School Board seeks flexibility, funding in legislative agenda

SCOTT KEELER  |   TimesNew Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses members of the Florida Legislature during a luncheon on the fourth floor rotunda of the Capitol, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Tallahassee after DeSantis was sworn in.
The districtís goals have not changed much in recent years.