Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff

Jeffrey S. Solochek

Times Staff

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.

Former Hernando schools superintendent set for promotion in Pasco

Former Hernando County schools superintendent Lori Romano
Fired in Hernando for 'ineffective leadership,' Lori Romano has gained support in Pasco's administrative team.

Pasco school district proposes overhaul of offerings along US 19 corridor

Dozens of Hudson Elementary staff and supporters attend the Dec. 4 Pasco School Board meeting to advocate for keeping their school open.
School board wants more of its questions answered before it considers approving the plan.

Pasco school district proposes overhaul of offerings along US 19 corridor

School board wants more of its questions answered before it considers approving the plan.

Application season open for Pasco County school choice

The district has combined all its choice applications into one, with plans to send out acceptance letters earlier than in the past.

Teachers with guns? The idea is back, but many Florida educators still say no thanks.

In this 2012 photo, Cori Sorensen, a fourth-grade teacher in Utah, receives firearms training with a .357 magnum from personal defense instructor during a concealed weapons training for 200 teachers. Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers decided not to authorize teachers to have weapons in school but the issue has resurfaced and is likely to be discussed again in 2019. [Associated Press]
Many school officials who opposed the idea of arming teachers when it first came up haven't changed their views, even as the issue resurfaces.