Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright covers Pinellas County Schools since joining the Times in 2015. Florida born and bred, she was raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida.

Parkland shooting panel concludes work, sends 400-page report to governor

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Commission chair and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the investigative phase of the commission, which will sunset in 2023, is “significantly done.”

Bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc’s Democratic targets also targeted on his van

Paul Bilodeau parked at a Publix in Oakland Park last Thursday and couldn't help but notice the van that parked next to him, an old white van covered in Trump stickers. Law enforcement say the van belonged to Cesar Altieri Sayoc, 56, who has been accused of sending pipe bombs to former president Barack Obama's and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's homes and CNN's New York offices, among others. (Courtesy Paul Bilodeau/Sun Sentinel/TNS)
The man arrested in connection to suspected explosive packages mailed to Democratic political figures and newsrooms has been seen around the Aventura area driving a large white van plastered with..

It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Jakea Davis prepares last-minute posters for her Calusa Elementary kindergarten classroom. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida's public school...

It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

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Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida's public school...

Mental health provider that evaluated Nikolas Cruz picked to service charter schools

The Broward State Attorney's Office released video of Nikolas Cruz's interrogation, hours after authorities said he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. [Miami Herald]
Florida's largest charter school membership organization announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz's former mental health care provider to render...