Jeffrey S. Solochek, Pasco schools, State Education and Higher Education Reporter

Jeffrey S. Solochek

Pasco schools, State Education and Higher Education Reporter

I've been an education reporter for more than 25 years, in Illinois, Texas and Florida. Why stick with it? Because I see education as key to our community, whether it's about children learning, teachers and staff working, or residents seeking the best for their tax dollars. Our school systems are critical to our society, and I strive to tell you what's going on there. I've worked at the Tampa Bay Times since 2000, covering statewide education issues as well as the districts in Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Think I've missed something? Send your ideas my way. I read all my emails.

New Florida survey shows strong support for school choice

Thousands of Floridians rally in Tallahassee for school choice in 2010. [Step Up For Students]
Jeb Bushís Foundation for Excellence in Education conducted the survey Jan. 23-25.

Have Florida teens learn civics in action, state lawmakers say

JAMES BORCHUCK  |  TimesCandidate yard signs line the sidewalk outside the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library as people head to the Tampa polling station to cast their ballots on election day Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
The bipartisan bill seeks to encourage civic literacy projects in high schools.

Florida education news: Senate priorities, charter schools, test scores and more

Senate Education Committee chairman Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, speaks to reporters Feb. 21, 2019, in the Capitol about his chamber's education priorities for the upcoming session. [The Florida Channel]
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Pasco School Board skips math book adoption

The Pasco County School Board reviews materials for its Feb. 19, 2019, session held in the Wesley Chapel High School cafeteria. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Instead, the district moves straight to purchasing new materials while awaiting a state standards review.

Gradebook podcast: Is private education public when taxpayers fund it? An expertís view

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces his proposal to spend millions in state tax funds to eliminate a waiting list for tax-credit scholarships, while at Calvary Christian Academy in Orlando on Feb. 15, 2019. [WKMG live screen grab]
Prof. Bruce Baker of Rutgers says itís not quite that simple.