Thomas C. Tobin, Assistant Metro Editor

Thomas C. Tobin

Assistant Metro Editor

No one is luckier than I am. As an assistant metro editor, I practice journalism every day with a talented team of writers who cover news about education, health and transportation. A mix of veterans and newer faces, they bring a passion to their work that makes me proud and helps keep our community better informed. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., but Tampa Bay and I go way back. When I got here in the late 1980s, our state was just coming into its own as the economic, political and cultural powerhouse it is today. Since then I've covered local and state government, legal issues and education. I have traveled across Florida as the Times state reporter and even delved into the world of Scientology. Each day I learn from people. Reach out and tell me something.

Who will be Teacher of the Year in Pinellas? Meet the 10 finalists.
The winner will be announced Monday night during the Pinellas Education Foundation’s annual “Evening of Excellence.”

$1 million gift from Raymond James CEO is largest-ever for St. Petersburg Catholic High

Raymond James Financial's top executive Paul Reilly and his wife, Rose, seen here at the 2018 Tampa Bay Heart Ball, have given $1 million to St. Petersburg Catholic High, the school announced Thursday. [Times (2018)]
The "leadership gift" from Paul and Rose Reilly stokes a multimillion-dollar campaign to pay for major renovations at the school.

Numbers game: A chart that helps you play the Pinellas school choice lottery

A chart produced annually by the Tampa Bay Times shows the number of applications received over the last two years by each school choice program in the Pinellas County school system. It also shows how many students got invited to each program last year. The information can be helpful as families fill out applications over the next few days for the 2019-20 academic year. []
To play the school choice lottery in Pinellas County, it helps to know the numbers. Our chart tells you which programs are the hardest and easiest to get into.

January is when Pinellas schools look ahead to next year

DIRK SHADD   |   Times  
January is when the school district registers kids for next year’s prekindergarten and kindergarten classes, and also when it accepts applications for more than 70 choice programs located in schools from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg.
Kindergarten enrollments and school choice applications keep staffers busy

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