Jeffrey S. Solochek, Pasco schools, State Education and Higher Education Reporter

Jeffrey S. Solochek

Pasco schools, State Education and Higher 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.

Fewer student tests? Pasco County Schools superintendent is trying to get rid of some

The Pasco County School District wants to cut down on student testing as soon as possible. Superintendent Kurt Browning has convened committees of teachers and administrators to examine all..

Weeki Wachee man killed in three-vehicle crash

The accident Saturday also sent three other people to the hospital with serious injuries.

Live coverage: St. Pete Pride 2019

Janet Martinez, 21, (right) and her girlfriend , Asia Nguyen, 21, share a hug on Saturday during the St. Pete Pride Parade and festivities in St. Petersburg. (MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times)
The latest news and updates on Florida’s largest Pride celebration.

Gradebook podcast: School vouchers in Florida. With Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill

Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill speaks at Florida College Academy in Temple Terrace in 2017. [Step Up For Students]
Students already are qualifying for new private school vouchers. Could education savings accounts be next?

Florida education news: Student testing, school construction, public meetings and more

Ninth-graders at Land O'Lakes High School wait in March 2015 to get started ?on the writing part of the Florida Standards Assessments. [Courtesy of ?Pasco County School District]
A roundup of stories from around the state.