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Jeffrey S. Solochek - Education reporter

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.

  1. Former state senator John Legg has not ruled out a run for Pasco County schools superintendent. The district is the nation's largest to elect its chief executive.
    Short answer: Maybe.
  2. But the competition isn’t who many people expected it to be.
  3. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  4. Rep. Stan McClain, an Ocala Republican, presents a bill that would allow Florida public colleges and universities to sponsor charter schools, during a January 2020 meeting of the House PreK-12 Innovation subcommittee.
    Alternative authorizers have been found unconstitutional in the past. But that isn’t stopping the effort.
  5. Thousands rallied and marched from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to the Florida Historic Capitol to demand more money for public schools Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
    The PreK-12 Appropriations subcommittee cutting exercise would come in nearly 25 percent below Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal.
  6. Cocoa Police Department video shows A.J. Plonsky being taken to a mental health facility under the Florida Baker Act on his first day of middle school, August 10, 2018.
    Never intended to be used on children, the 1970s law in increasingly applied in schools.
  7. Assisted by the Ray and Associates search firm, the Hillsborough County School Board is hiring a new superintendent.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  8. The Pasco County School District's high school graduation rate rose to 88.3 percent in 2019, surpassing the district's goal of getting to 85 percent by 2020. [Times]
    Cypress Creek had the highest percentage among district schools, while Hudson High had the lowest.
  9. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, center, addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 during his State of the State address in Tallahassee.
    His conservative view focuses on choice, charters and the constitution, as well as the economy and job creation.
  10. Dozens of Hudson Elementary parents attend an evening town hall session with Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning on Jan. 13, 2020, to learn about a proposal to close their children's school.
    The school had earned just one state grade above D in the past nine years.