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.

Gradebook podcast: How to improve Hillsborough County schools?

Rachael O'Dea, principal of Forest Hills Elementary School, interviewed a prospective teacher during a hiring fair for the Achievement Schools on June 18, 2018. Some of the 50 long-struggling schools battled teaching shortages. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times, 2018]
The Florida Board of Education will discuss turnaround plans for several district schools that have continued to struggle.

Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, summer camp, student vaccinations and more

Broward County preschool teachers Emily Wiskoff and Merrill Galante ask the Florida House PreK-12 Appropriations committee on March 25, 2019, to include them as classroom teachers when assigning incentives and other benefits, such as the Best and Brightest bonus. [The Florida Channel]
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Pasco schools’ summer program told to change its name

GAIL DIEDERICH | Special to the Times Carefully dividing and weighing dough for pizza crust were, from left, Xavier Scholl, 9, Lilly Troy, 8, and Ben Dabramo, 9. The three Culinary Cadets were taking part in a Pasco Schools’ Camp Quest experience in cooking.
A Virginia-based organization already claimed the Camp Quest moniker.

Florida education news: Bonuses, student relationships, weapon training and more

DIRK SHADD   |   TimesHillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins welcomes all of the new teachers during the Hillsborough Educator Institute in the auditorium at Chamberlain High School, 9401 N Blvd, in Tampa, on Monday, July 15, 2019. More than 600 newly hired educators are coming from all across the country to teach in the 8th largest school district in the nation.
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Florida works to complete Best and Brightest teacher lawsuit settlement

The Florida Department of Education, which is based in Tallahassee, and the state’s 67 county school boards wre sued by the Florida Education Association and seven South Florida teachers over the Best and Brightest teacher bonus program, first enacted by lawmakers in 2015. A settlement is being completed. [Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times]
Lawmakers set aside $15.5 million to end the legal challenge of the bonus program.