Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Marlene Sokol

Marlene Sokol

Marlene Sokol has worked at the Times as a reporter, editor and columnist since 1988. After launching North of Tampa in 1996, she served first as its editor and later as a general assignment reporter specializing in the suburbs. She now covers education in Hillsborough County.



Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

You heard from the candidates for Hillsborough County School Board in District 1 and
Updated: 3 hours ago
Town and Country Charter High School will not reopen this school year.

Credit recovery high school closes

Hillsborough County this year will have two, not three alternative charter high schools operated by the Accelerated Learning Solutions management group.Town and Country Charter High School is being shut down because of low enrollment,...
Published: 07/18/18
Kristy Moody, principal of Fairmount Park Elementary in St. Petersburg, walks with a kindergarten class in 2016, her first year at the school. Now entering her third year, state officials questioned whether she should continue at the school, given its latest D grade. But Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego called Moody

State to keep close watch on five ‘turnaround’ schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas

State education officials on Wednesday approved plans in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties to improve struggling schools — but with some conditions.The Pinellas district will have to keep a close watch on Fairmount Park Elementary principal...
Published: 07/18/18
More things candidates say while running for Hillsborough County School Board.

More things candidates say while running for Hillsborough County School Board.

On Tuesday, we met two of the three candidates in District 1 for the Hillsborough County...
Published: 07/18/18
Principal appointments on Tuesday include Rebecca Thoms to Bevis Elementary. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]

New principals for Bevis, Dickenson elementary schools

The Hillsborough County School Board named these new principals on Tuesday: Marisa Brody, former assistant principal of Cannella Elementary as principal of Dickenson Elementary; and Rebecca Thoms, former assistant principal of Bevis Elementary,...
Published: 07/18/18
The things School Board candidates say…. on the campaign trail in Hillsborough (Part I)

The things School Board candidates say…. on the campaign trail in Hillsborough (Part I)

They bashed the superintendent. They fretted about charter schools. One said the Hillsborough County School District should act like a carpet cleaning business when it comes to hiring teachers. Another blamed gender for the School Board's...
Published: 07/17/18
School Board Chairwoman Sally Harris in 2015 tweeted this photo of Seminole Heights, West University, Town & Country Charter High School's  Commencement Program

Critics of charter schools point to low graduation rates

The League of Women Voters is protesting the 10-year renewal of Seminole Heights Charter High School's contract on grounds that the organization spends nearly $200,000 in tax money to produce one high school graduate…But do...
Published: 07/16/18
Karen Clay has filed an ethics complaint against School Board members Lynn Gray and Melissa Snively.

Ethics complaint against Hillsborough School Board members

NOTE: This post has been revised.A disability rights advocate in Tampa has filed a state ethics complaint against Hillsborough County School Board member Lynn Gray, based on reports that appeared in recent months in the La...
Published: 07/13/18
Updated: 07/16/18
Students make their way onto a basketball court for recess at Kid's Community College, one of more than 50 charter schools in Hillsborough County. Three more charter schools will join the system in 2018, pushing the number of students to almost 25,000 -- more than 10 percent of the district's enrollment. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Hillsborough headed for a new mark: 25,000 charter school students

TAMPA — Three more charter schools will join the Hillsborough County system this year, pushing the number of students in these tax-funded, but privately operated institutions to well over 10 percent of the enrollment.District officials predict...
Published: 07/13/18
Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes campaigns for reelection in 2016, when she won with the help of $12,000 in donations from from individuals and businesses affiliated with charter schools. This year, as she runs for a House seat, she vowed not to take charter money after her opponent raised the issue. [Times (2016)]

In Hillsborough, charter school money becomes an issue in House race

TAMPA — With her first campaign for state office barely off the ground, Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes faces an organized effort by opponents of the charter school movement to keep her out of Tallahassee.
Updated one month ago