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.

Hillsborough teachers, district are still discussing Eakins’ recruitment plan
The School District hopes to get board approval on Tuesday

Hillsborough district pitches a $17 million plan to cure staff shortages in its low-performing schools

James Elementary School in East Tampa has 14 advertised teacher vacancies. The school has an F grade from the state and more than half its students read at the lowest of five levels, Level 1, on the Florida Standard Assessments. It is also one of 50 Achievement schools that were targeted this year for improvement. [TIMES FILES]
The teachers’ union, however, is considering how the plan would affect all its members

Questions about the hidden costs of building schools in Hillsborough

LOREN ELLIOTT  | TimesLennard High School opened 10 years ago in Ruskin with 700 students. It is now
Transportation and safety issues are leading commissioners to think carefully about how to fund new schools

Hillsborough gets ready to beef up teacher recruitment

Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins [TIMES FILES]
Teachers will get more money and other unnamed benefits if they work at high-poverty schools

Ron DeSantis announces $422 million increase in teacher bonuses under new program

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a stop at Armwood High School Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Thursday’s announcement included long-awaited details about what Gov. Ron DeSantis plans for teacher pay.