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Michael LaForgia, Times Staff Writer

Michael LaForgia

Michael LaForgia is a reporter on the investigations team at the Tampa Bay Times.

He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting — in 2014 for exposing problems in a Hillsborough County homeless program and in 2016 for a series on Pinellas County's neglect of five schools in black neighborhoods.

He joined the Times in 2012.

Phone: (727) 892-2944.


Twitter: @laforgia_

  1. Donald Trump, Florida man


    Donald J. Trump has a story he liked to tell early in his campaign to win Florida.

    The first time he told it, he had 144 days to go before the Florida primary. He was in front of hundreds of people at a rally at Trump National Doral, which was fitting because the story is all about how he bought the South Florida golf resort in the summer of 2012.

    The story goes that he and his daughter Ivanka walked into closing with a contract to buy Doral for $170 million. But when it came time to do the deal, Trump told the crowd, he got the sudden urge to show off....

    A bar area and room can be seen in the historic Mar-a-Lago Estate in Palm Beach. An oil painting of its owner, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, can be seen at left.
  2. Is Duval over-suspending black students? The district doesn't know, and finding out will take five weeks and cost $3,000


    On his way to becoming superintendent of Florida's sixth largest school system, Nikolai Vitti specialized in turning around some of the worst-performing schools in the state.

    A job like that requires attention to detail and a good grasp of how things like race and poverty can affect how students get an education. And it would have taught Vitti that inequities in how discipline is handed out can be one major barrier to learning in low-performing schools....

  3. UPDATED: Senator makes late push to save subsidized tutoring


    TALLAHASSEE --- Just when it looked like Florida schools would be freed from state requirements to hire private tutoring companies, a state Senator is making a late push to mandate funding through a fast-tracked virtual learning bill.

    Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, this morning proposed an amendment to an amendment of HB 7029 that would require districts to pay 8 percent of roughly $1 billion in federal education money to private tutoring contractors....

  4. Have a story about SES? Tell us about it.


    Last month, the Tampa Bay Times reported that criminals, cheaters and opportunists are taking advantage of lax oversight to collect millions through a subsidized tutoring program known as supplemental educational services.

    We also reported that companies accused of fraud are welcomed back to do business in the state again and again and that the system, in which vendors are hired by school systems statewide, is rife with conflicts of interest....