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.

Florida Board of Education seeks more money for vouchers, charter schools

The Florida Board of Education is asking lawmakers to increase education funding by 1.9 percent. Florida Department of Education
Critics urge the board to pay more attention to public schools.

Florida education news: School security, book bans, student shots and more

Pinellas Sheriff's trainers line the back of the room Monday as more than 100 school security officers, or
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Pasco’s Cotee River Elementary enters third day without air conditioning

Cotee River Elementary School in Pasco County. Pasco County School District
A leaky pipe appears to be to blame.

Florida education news: Taxes, community schools, athletic trainers and more

Supporters back a Hernando County school sales tax referendum in 2015. Voters in other counties soon could be deciding sales and property tax increases to support their schools.
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Florida education news: Teacher pay, student discipline, testing limits and more

Scene from a Hillsborough County School Board meeting. The board makes videos of regular sessions, but not of its workshops.
A roundup of stories from around the state.