Sunday, October 21, 2018


Thomas C. Tobin

Thomas C. Tobin

Tom Tobin is Assistant Metro Editor / Education, Health & Medicine at the Tampa Bay Times. He has worked at the Times since 1988, serving much of that time as a government reporter. He also has reported on the Church of Scientology periodically since 1996. As the Times' state reporter, he covered the 2000 presidential recount in Florida and wrote about subsequent efforts to retool the state's election machinery. From 2003 to 2009, he covered education, focusing on school board issues, school finance, the achievement gap and desegregation. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children.

Times illustration by Ron Borreson.

The Times 2019 Medicare Guide

It has four main parts, labeled A, B, C and D. But after that, the rules can be wickedly complex. Nearly 60 million people are using it right now. And with an estimated 10,000 people reaching age 65 each day in the U.S., that number is growing...
Published: 10/15/18
Updated: 10/16/18
From beefed-up security to expanded mental health services and later start times, local schools are seeing more change this year than any back-to-school season in memory. Classes start today in Hillsborough County and on Monday in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

A new look as schools reopen: More security, added counselors, later start times

Starting today and resuming Monday, students and teachers across the Tampa Bay area will encounter major changes as they settle into the school year.From beefed-up security to expanded mental health services and later start times, the list of...
Updated: 2 months ago
For more than 400,000 public school students across the Tampa Bay area, school starts in two weeks. [BECCA GUAJARDO   |   Times]

Back to school: Time to get ready across Tampa Bay

In just two weeks, more than 400,000 students will return to K-12 public schools across the Tampa Bay area, and more than 50,000 adults — mostly teachers — will be there to welcome them. After that, they’ll all hang out together for the next 10...
Updated: 3 months ago
Eckerd College student Rebecca Lavin-Burgher died on May 24, 2018, her 22nd birthday, after an accidental fall on campus, the school announced. []

Eckerd College student who fell before graduation has died

ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student who was critically injured last weekend during an accidental fall on campus shortly before she was to graduate died today, the school announced.Rebecca Ryan "Becca" Lavin-Burgher would have graduated...
Updated: 5 months ago

Class of 2018: Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians for Pinellas private high schools

Before they could get away, we asked the top graduates at Pinellas County’s private schools to write a Twitter-length paragraph about what’s on their mind. We suggested they reflect on the past or the future, or talk about the people who helped...
Updated: 5 months ago
Meet the top public high school grads in Pinellas County for 2018

Meet the top public high school grads in Pinellas County for 2018

After four years of classes, tests and extracurriculars, we gave the top graduates at Pinellas County’s public high schools one more assignment: Write a Twitter-length paragraph about what you’re thinking as graduation day approaches. It...
Updated: 5 months ago
Students from Plant High School in Tampa celebrate during commencement ceremonies at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Plant was one of several public high schools  that finished well in this year's 'U.S. News & World Report' rankings. [Times (2013)]

Tampa Bay area high schools finish strong in this year’s ‘U.S. News & World Report’ rankings

Ten of the Tampa Bay area’s 62 traditional public high schools are among the 100 best in Florida this year, according to annual rankings released this...
Updated: 5 months ago
The entrance of Midtown Academy, 1701 10th St S, St. Petersburg. The school will see big changes in the 2018-19 school year, when it starts two magnet programs -- one focusing on cultural arts and the other a full-time gifted program. [THOMAS C. TOBIN   |   Times]

Parents are buzzing about Pinellas’ newest magnet school

ST. PETERSBURG — If the crowds that showed up for two open houses last week are any indication, the Pinellas County school district may have hit on a recipe that could finally turn around one of its most struggling schools.The two events drew...
Updated: 6 months ago