Friday, November 16, 2018


Thomas C. Tobin

Thomas C. Tobin

Tom Tobin is Assistant Metro Editor / Education, Health & Medicine at the Tampa Bay Times. He has worked at the Times since 1988, serving much of that time as a government reporter. He also has reported on the Church of Scientology periodically since 1996. As the Times' state reporter, he covered the 2000 presidential recount in Florida and wrote about subsequent efforts to retool the state's election machinery. From 2003 to 2009, he covered education, focusing on school board issues, school finance, the achievement gap and desegregation. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children.

The Daystarter: Will clock run out on Florida recount?; Millennials and their home-buying habits; Bucs make change at kicker

The Daystarter: Will clock run out on Florida recount?; Millennials and their home-buying habits; Bucs make change at kicker

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
Published: 11/13/18
Students at Sanders Memorial Elementary in Land O'Lakes watched a video on the first day of classes in 2015 that outlined one of the school's guiding principals -- encouraging them to learn from their mistakes. The school's magnet, which combines the arts and STEM subjects, is one of many choice programs throughout the Tampa Bay area. In the next few days and weeks, local school districts will be holding information events that allow families to learn more about programs available for 2019-20. The Times' annual School Search guide can be a helpful first step in the process. [Times (2015)]

The Times’ annual School Search guide: What you need to know for 2019-20

Is your child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019? Or going into middle or high school? Are you just wanting to change schools? School Search, an annual project of the Tampa Bay Times, can be a helpful first step as you sort through...
Published: 11/02/18
Updated: 11/13/18
Students at John W. Lockhart Magnet Elementary School in Tampa use a flight simulator during a Gifted Technology Goals class. The school is one of many choice programs available to Hillsborugh County families. In the coming days, the school district will be hosting three big events to introduce families to choice programs, including a

After 20-plus years, School Search is bigger than ever. Here's why.

Welcome to School Search, an ongoing project started more than 20 years ago to inform Times readers about the many educational choices before them.It’s interesting to go through the archives. In 1997, School Search...
Published: 11/01/18
Times illustration by Ron Borreson.

The Times 2019 Medicare Guide

It has four main parts, labeled A, B, C and D. But after that, the rules can be wickedly complex. Nearly 60 million people are using it right now. And with an estimated 10,000 people reaching age 65 each day in the U.S., that number is growing...
Updated one month ago
From beefed-up security to expanded mental health services and later start times, local schools are seeing more change this year than any back-to-school season in memory. Classes start today in Hillsborough County and on Monday in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

A new look as schools reopen: More security, added counselors, later start times

Starting today and resuming Monday, students and teachers across the Tampa Bay area will encounter major changes as they settle into the school year.From beefed-up security to expanded mental health services and later start times, the list of...
Updated: 3 months ago
For more than 400,000 public school students across the Tampa Bay area, school starts in two weeks. [BECCA GUAJARDO   |   Times]

Back to school: Time to get ready across Tampa Bay

In just two weeks, more than 400,000 students will return to K-12 public schools across the Tampa Bay area, and more than 50,000 adults — mostly teachers — will be there to welcome them. After that, they’ll all hang out together for the next 10...
Updated: 4 months ago
Eckerd College student Rebecca Lavin-Burgher died on May 24, 2018, her 22nd birthday, after an accidental fall on campus, the school announced. []

Eckerd College student who fell before graduation has died

ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student who was critically injured last weekend during an accidental fall on campus shortly before she was to graduate died today, the school announced.Rebecca Ryan "Becca" Lavin-Burgher would have graduated...
Updated: 6 months ago