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. Yesterday• The Education Gradebook
    Broward County school Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright, left, with newly elected school board members Jeff Holness, Brenda Fam and Allen Zeman during Tuesday's
swearing-in ceremony at Fort Lauderdale High School,
  2. Saryah Marryshow, 13, works on a shooting drill with other students during a charity basketball camp at Chasco Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Port Richey.
  3. Claudia Isom, an independent hearing officer, listens to audience members speak at the Hillsborough County school district headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Tampa.
  4. Audience members listen during a forum Thursday on Hillsborough County's sex education curriculum. The forum in Tampa was led by Claudia Isom, an independent hearing officer.
  5. The University of South Florida has spent more than six months seeking a replacement for provost Ralph Wilcox, shown here touring the school's Bellini Center for Talent Development.
  6. A broom closet in Northside Elementary School in Bay County is filled with donated shoes for students whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Michael in 2018.
  7. Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright and school board member Lori Alhadeff during a Broward School Board meeting at the Kathleen C. Wright Center in Fort Lauderdale on Monday.
  8. Gov. DeSantis is presented with "The Liberty Sword" during the Moms for Liberty National Summit on Friday, July 15, 2022 in Tampa. DeSantis and the organization are on the leading edge of a national push for more right-leaning cultural policies in schools.
  9. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Tampa, Florida.
  10. Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach around 3 a.m. on Thursday. The storm was a category 1 at landfall but was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm.
  11. The names of two new school board members soon will be added to this sign outside the Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo. The hard work of becoming effective in the job comes next, veteran board members said.
  12. Stephanie Meyer, a candidate running for Pinellas County School Board, exits the Starkey Road Baptist Church with her family after casting her vote Tuesday. Meyer was among several conservative candidates across Florida to win a school board seat.
  13. Republican candidate Brian Scott, left, won a Pinellas County Commission seat Tuesday, while conservative candidates Dawn Peters, top right, and Stephanie Meyer won Pinellas County School Board seats.
  14. Students kayak at the Pasco Schools Energy and Marine Center in Port Richey. The school district plans improvements at the center with revenue from the Penny for Pasco tax.
  15. A Pasco County schools bus driver negotiates a turn at the district's South Compound in Odessa in April. Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning announced Tuesday that the school district would close on Thursday due Tropical Storm Nicole, mainly due to concerns about buses on the road during periods of high winds.
  16. Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning has proposed a new civility policy for schools to follow when dealing with disruptive visitors, including parents. The proposal has been criticized as an overreach.
  17. The Pasco County School Board will consider adopting policies on student reassignment and civility.
  18. Hillsborough teachers and administrators at a union bargaining session on Aug. 4, 2022.
  19. Thurgood Marshall Fundamental School students wait for the school bus along 62nd Avenue South for the first day of school for Pinellas County students in 2021. This year, Pinellas County school officials are looking for ways to improve the student transportation system, which has been plagued by late buses caused by a persistent driver shortage.
  20. A continuing shortage of drivers means many Pinellas County school buses are still showing up late. School district officials are trying to address the problem with partial fixes like changing school schedules and a tracking system that gives parents a real-time look at where their kids' buses are.
  21. John Quincy Adams Middle School, 10201 N. Boulevard, Tampa, is among the schools under consideration for closure or repurposing.
  22. Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president Nancy Velardi, left, signs a contract agreement to give teachers an average raise of 4.25%, at the end of negotiations on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. The talks took place at school district headquarters in Largo.
  23. Sen. Ben Sasse returns to his seat during a University of Florida Board of Trustees meeting at UF's Emerson Alumni Hall in Gainesville, on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

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