Megan Reeves, Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

Megan Reeves

Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

I write about K-12 schools in Pinellas County, the University of South Florida and how state education policy affects them both. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and will likely never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. Now, I can be found thrifting along Central Avenue, snuggling with my cat, Fran, in my mid-century living room or having coffee at my favorite spot: Black Crow in the Old Northeast. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat.

Florida education news: Teacher pay, UCF president search and a new law

Brandon High School economics teacher Brian Ayres gives a lesson. He said this year that his Advanced Placement macroeconomics students don't get time to learn financial literacy, because it's not part of the curriculum. But a new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday will ensure every student is taught the topic. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Florida education news: State budget vetoes, vaping and the rush to hire teachers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, signed the state's $91.1 billions budget Friday. Some eduction projects hit the chopping block. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)
A roundup of headlines from around the state.

Florida education news: Superintendent search, banned books, corporal punishment and more

Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins talks at One Buc Place in August 2018. He will retire when his contract ends a year from now. But the school board must start searching for his replacement. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
A roundup of education news from around the state.

Pinellas uses summer lull to make headway on $158.5 million in school projects

About $35 million is being spent at Pinellas Park Middle, where new construction will offer space for a media center, cafeteria, additional classrooms, administrative offices and exceptional student education programs. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Schools]
On campuses around the county, summer “break” means it’s time to get to work. Building improvements are complete or near-complete at some schools.

Gov. DeSantis visits Pinellas, commits $10 million to computer science education

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times Pinellas County school board member Lisa Cane (district 2), left, visits with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, during a visit to Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo on Monday (6/17/19) where DeSantis announced that the Legislature will set aside $10 million to train, recruit and retain computer science teachers during a press conference. The funding is part of a larger workforce education bill that the governor said he will sign
The governor visited Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo Monday, announcing what is believed to be the nationís biggest one-time investment in computer science education.