Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Writers

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Jeffrey S. Solochek has reported about Florida's public education system since the first school tried to return recognition funds from Jeb Bush's then-new A-Plus plan. Currently based in Pasco County, he covers state, regional and local education issues for the Tampa Bay Times both in print and online, including weekly podcasts and whatever new formats he can figure out. Follow on Twitter @jeffsolochek.



Pasco schools donít plan to move teachers over state scores

Florida school districts recently received their teachersí state "value-added" scores, and some scrambled to reassign those who got poor marks out of schools in turnaround status.But Pasco County wasnít one of them, despite state rules relating...
Published: 08/15/18
MICHELE MILLER   |   TIMES
Faculty member Lisa Ponce assists Joy Celine, center, 11, and Santana Singletary, 10, in finding their new classrooms. Students at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills started the 2018-2019 school year at a spruced up campus.

New programs, new facilities, new optimism mark first day of school in Pasco

A rainbow spanned the horizon behind Wendell Krinn Technical High School early Monday, as students arrived for the first day of classes.Principal Chris Dunning viewed it as a positive omen for K-Tech, as most refer to the school that replaced...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/14/18
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes

Attendance zones key issue in Pasco District 3 School Board race

Insider vs. outsiders.That, in a nutshell, describes the race for Pasco County School Board District 3.Incumbent Cynthia Armstrong, seeking her third term, has ties deep in the business and civic world of the west side. A former...
Published: 08/09/18
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes

Pasco School Board member faces first challengers in his 12-year tenure

Allen Altman holds up his 12 years on the Pasco County School Board as a reason to send him back for another term."Quite honestly," Altman said, "Iím proud of what Iíve been able to accomplish for my district during my time of...
Published: 08/09/18
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes

Four younger candidates vie for open Pasco School Board seat

The School Board District 5 race is wide open, after incumbent Steve Luikartís retirement.Whoever wins will represent a generational shift, with the oldest hopeful more than two decades younger than Luikart. Hudson Middle social studies...
Published: 08/09/18

Pasco School Board considers sharing construction funds with charter schools

LAND Oí LAKES ó Despite facing a shortfall for its own construction and maintenance projects, the Pasco County School Board will consider sharing its capital funds tax revenue with some local charter schools.The issue arose Tuesday as an...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/08/18
A school board campaign gets rough: 'Let's meet face to face … big boy!'

A school board campaign gets rough: 'Let's meet face to face … big boy!'

A former Pasco County high school student has received a menacing Facebook message from an account bearing the name of School Board candidate Kenny Mathis.
Published: 08/07/18
Pasco County School Board candidate Kenneth Mathis

Pasco School Board candidate quit teaching job after multiple warnings, reprimands and a suspension

Kenny Mathis has repeated the statement time and again."I left the job I loved to give 110 percent to run for Pasco County School Board," Mathis told the Council of Neighborhood Associations at a June candidate meet and greet, among other...
Updated one month ago

Pasco property owners to see slight decrease in school tax rate

Itís not official until the final vote Sept. 14, but the Pasco School Board has set its tentative tax rate for the current fiscal year and canít raise it any higher.Property owners would pay $6.279 per $1,000 of assessed taxable value, down...
Updated one month ago
Did Florida’s prepaid college plan stiff thousands of students? A judge says no, but the question lives on.

Did Floridaís prepaid college plan stiff thousands of students? A judge says no, but the question lives on.

Susan Snyder remembers the day well.Her younger son was 5, and the older one 7. The family had just moved to Tampa, and came upon a glossy brochure touting the benefits of Florida Prepaid college tuition plans."It was clear that costs...
Updated one month ago