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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. Sen. Travis Hutson presents his Job Growth Grant Fund legislation to the Senate Education Committee on Nov. 12, 2019.
    The original version would have targeted charter schools only.
  2. Odessa Elementary School in Pasco County has grown to 1,126 students in fall 2020.
    At 1,126 students, Odessa is larger than 10 of the district’s 16 middle schools, too.
  3. Construction workers have prepared the skeleton for what will become the music and art wing of Cypress Creek Middle School in Pasco County. Some Wesley Chapel parents are fighting the rezoning plan that would reassign their children to the school.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  4. The Pasco County School Board meets in August 2019.
    Having won a concession relating to rising juniors, some Wesley Chapel families seek more changes to a proposed reassignment plan.
  5. A school bus travels the early morning streets. One Marion County elementary school will change its start time because some parents say they can't get their kids to school before the first bell.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis greets local officials at Dunedin High School on Oct. 7, 2019, part of a swing around the state to announce his plan to boost starting teacher pay in Florida to $47,500.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  7. Pasco County's 2020 teacher of the year finalists are Jennifer Dixon, Joel Santos Gonzalez and Patty Hanley.
    The winner will find out with a surprise visit later in the school year.
  8. Rep. Chris Latvala, R-Palm Harbor, chairs the House PreK-12 Appropriations committee.
    House PreK-12 Appropriations chair Chris Latvala discusses leadership’s education priorities and how they hope to get there.
  9. The Palm Beach County school district is talking about whether to allow high schools to have girls wear one color and boys another at graduations like this one. Some have suggested the practice leaves out some students.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  10. Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning takes to YouTube to urge the community to help prevent children from making online threats of violence against schools.
    The district has seen 13 threat-related arrests so far this year, compared to four all last year.