Marlene Sokol, Hillsborough Schools Reporter

Marlene Sokol

Hillsborough Schools Reporter

I’ve been a journalist since 1983 at newspapers all over Florida. After 15 years as an editor in the Tampa suburbs I was assigned to cover the Hillsborough public school system, the same one that gave my two children a great education. That last part didn't happen by itself. I was an active volunteer and believe schools should accommodate parents' busy schedules. I’m not a fan of the 3 p.m. parent conference or 10 a.m. PTA meeting! On weekends I play tennis and volunteer at a youth soccer program. Call or email me with your tips about the schools. I use Facebook for family and Twitter for self-promotion. But I prefer my conversations one-on-one.

A tentative pay deal between Hillsborough County School District and its teachers

At a bargaining session in late August, Hillsborough Schools Employee Relations Manager Mark West trades contract proposals with officers from the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association. Marlene Sokol  |  Times staff
The higher starting salary of $40,000 falls short of the $47,500 proposed by the governor.

Gradebook podcast: What are Hillsborough schools doing to help students read better?

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times  Areeya Reneau 16, left, helps second-grader Annika Newsome with reading passages read from “A Apple Grows Up” at Bailey Elementary School in Dover. IB students from Strawberry High School spend the first hour of every Tuesday morning tutoring struggling readers from Bailey Elementary.
A newly released preliminary analysis suggests better reading materials, more equitably distributed, among other possible solutions.

Hillsborough teacher gets young minds thinking about learning styles

Teacher Courtney Burkett reads her book,
Courtney Burkettís self-published childrenís book is based on students she has taught.

Hillsborough needs better books, clearer direction to boost reading, report says

King Reddick, 11, gets help from reading coach Carmen Mott-Singleton while reading from the book Esperanza Rising at Forest Hill Elementary last month. The school is taking part in a pilot program designed by Harvard University to help students improve their reading and writing skills. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
With some of the worst reading results in Florida, a consultant tells the district where itís falling short in the classroom.

Everybody has an opinion about the next Hillsborough superintendent

Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins explains the district's stance on its turnaround plan implementation to the Florida Board of Education on Jan. 17, 2018. The Florida Channel
Among more than 1,000 survey answers, these caught our attention.