Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Thomas C. Tobin

Thomas C. Tobin

Tom Tobin is Assistant Metro Editor / Education, Health & Medicine at the Tampa Bay Times. He has worked at the Times since 1988, serving much of that time as a government reporter. He also has reported on the Church of Scientology periodically since 1996. As the Times' state reporter, he covered the 2000 presidential recount in Florida and wrote about subsequent efforts to retool the state's election machinery. From 2003 to 2009, he covered education, focusing on school board issues, school finance, the achievement gap and desegregation. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children.

Eckerd College student Rebecca Lavin-Burgher died on May 24, 2018, her 22nd birthday, after an accidental fall on campus, the school announced. [gofundme.com]

Eckerd College student who fell before graduation has died

ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student who was critically injured last weekend during an accidental fall on campus shortly before she was to graduate died today, the school announced.Rebecca Ryan "Becca" Lavin-Burgher would have graduated...
Updated: 2 months ago

Class of 2018: Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians for Pinellas private high schools

Before they could get away, we asked the top graduates at Pinellas County’s private schools to write a Twitter-length paragraph about what’s on their mind. We suggested they reflect on the past or the future, or talk about the people who helped...
Updated: 2 months ago
Meet the top public high school grads in Pinellas County for 2018

Meet the top public high school grads in Pinellas County for 2018

After four years of classes, tests and extracurriculars, we gave the top graduates at Pinellas County’s public high schools one more assignment: Write a Twitter-length paragraph about what you’re thinking as graduation day approaches. It...
Updated: 2 months ago
Students from Plant High School in Tampa celebrate during commencement ceremonies at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Plant was one of several public high schools  that finished well in this year's 'U.S. News & World Report' rankings. [Times (2013)]

Tampa Bay area high schools finish strong in this year’s ‘U.S. News & World Report’ rankings

Ten of the Tampa Bay area’s 62 traditional public high schools are among the 100 best in Florida this year, according to annual rankings released this...
Updated: 2 months ago
The entrance of Midtown Academy, 1701 10th St S, St. Petersburg. The school will see big changes in the 2018-19 school year, when it starts two magnet programs -- one focusing on cultural arts and the other a full-time gifted program. [THOMAS C. TOBIN   |   Times]

Parents are buzzing about Pinellas’ newest magnet school

ST. PETERSBURG — If the crowds that showed up for two open houses last week are any indication, the Pinellas County school district may have hit on a recipe that could finally turn around one of its most struggling schools.The two events drew...
Updated: 3 months ago
Jessica Black, a fourth-grade teacher at Bear Creek Elementary is one of 10 finalists for the 2017-18 Outstanding Educator of the Year award in Pinellas County.

Top 10: Meet the finalists to become Pinellas County’s teacher of the year

Every year, the Pinellas County school district’s Outstanding Educator recognition program gives us a telling glimpse inside classrooms all over county. Among the 10 finalists are a "warm demander" who finds ways to push her elementary school...
Updated: 6 months ago