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Marlene Sokol

Marlene Sokol

Marlene Sokol has worked at the Times as a reporter, editor and columnist since 1988. After launching North of Tampa in 1996, she served first as its editor and later as a general assignment reporter specializing in the suburbs. She now covers education in Hillsborough County.



Dems vow to raise teacher pay

Dems vow to raise teacher pay

School leaders filled the Hillsborough High School auditorium Thursday to hear pitches from two of this year's Democratic candidates for governor.They were a study in contrasts as they addressed the Hillsborough Association of School...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Teachers complain about campaign material in their email

Teachers complain about campaign material in their email

This post has been updated with the candidate's response.Laurie Rodriguez opened her Hillsborough County School District email and found a campaign flyer for Steve Cona, a builders association executive who is running for School...
Published: 08/16/18
A Hillsborough school board candidate strikes a nerve when he emails his pitch to teachers

A Hillsborough school board candidate strikes a nerve when he emails his pitch to teachers

This post is updated with the candidate's response.Laurie Rodriguez opened her Hillsborough County School District email and found a campaign flyer for Steve Cona, a builders association executive who is running...
Published: 08/16/18
Broward Elementary on the first day of school. [TWITTER]

Achievement schools are getting those needed teachers

At Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board meeting, Superintendent Jeff Eakins answered our questions about the 50 Achievement Schools and...
Published: 08/15/18
Scene from Hillsborough County School Board meeting. Jeff Eakins addressed the School Board Tuesday about what he considered

Hillsborough schools will begin disclosing more data about lead in drinking water

TAMPA ­­— The Hillsborough County School District will begin publicly disclosing all locations where it finds lead in schools’ water, not just the samples that tested highest, an official said Tuesday.Detailed results from the testing lab could...
Published: 08/14/18
Ten-year-old Faith Moore stands with her parents Philip and Alice Moore in front of their home at Manhattan Palms Condominium in Tampa on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Moore will be a fifth grade student at Crestwood Elementary this year. It's one of 21 schools that had a water fountain or sink that tested positive for lead and exceeded the EPA's action levels. The school is one of 49 elementary and middle schools tested for lead in the drinking water by the district. But for a year and a half, the district delayed notifying parents and teachers of their findings. After learning about the lead, Moore's parents want to transfer her to a different school.

Hillsborough School District will speed up lead testing, following Times investigation

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District said Monday it will accelerate how quickly it is testing school drinking and cooking water for lead.The announcement came several days after the
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/14/18

Questions about the Achievement schools

With a Hillsborough County School Board meeting scheduled for 3 pm tomorrow, we hope the public will learn more about the 50 Achievement schools and who is teaching there.At the last meeting on Aug. 1, Superintendent Jeff Eakins...
Published: 08/13/18
Hillsborough County School Board members Lynn Gray and Melissa Snively

No ethics case against School Board members

No sufficient evidence exists to pursue an ethics case against Hillsborough County School Board members Lynn Gray and Melissa Snively, the state Commission on Ethics concluded.
Published: 08/13/18
Anthony Johnson, 12, drinks from a water fountain at Paul L. Sheehy, M.D. Elementary School in Tampa on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Johnson, who currently goes to Jennings Middle School, is in sixth grade. Over the last 16 months, the Hillsborough County School District has been quietly testing its schools' drinking water for lead. So far it has checked 51 schools and found lead in 50. There are roughly 200 more schools that haven't been looked at for lead. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

The Hillsborough School District found lead in its water. It didn’t tell parents for a year.

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District didn’t tell parents for more than a year that it was discovering high levels of lead in some schools’ drinking water, a Tampa Bay Times investigation has found.
Published: 08/09/18
Wharton High School in New Tampa needs an air conditioning overhaul that will cost  $21.2 million. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

So many schools with air conditioning needs

The Hillsborough County School District on Monday released a detailed list of air...
Published: 08/07/18