Thomas C. Tobin, Assistant Metro Editor

Thomas C. Tobin

Assistant Metro Editor

No one is luckier than I am. As an assistant metro editor, I practice journalism every day with a talented team of writers who cover news about education, health and transportation. A mix of veterans and newer faces, they bring a passion to their work that makes me proud and helps keep our community better informed. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., but Tampa Bay and I go way back. When I got here in the late 1980s, our state was just coming into its own as the economic, political and cultural powerhouse it is today. Since then I've covered local and state government, legal issues and education. I have traveled across Florida as the Times state reporter and even delved into the world of Scientology. Each day I learn from people. Reach out and tell me something.

Here are the 10 Pinellas schools that improved by two grades this year.

Campbell Park Elementary was one of 10 Pinellas County schools to improve its state rating by two letter grades this year. The school rose from an F last year to a C in 2019. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Another 22 rose by one grade, and 14 fell back.

Florida education news: 2019 school grades, teaching the Holocaust in public schools and more

It's been 20 years since Florida started using school grades as one of the cornerstones of its education accountability system. Grades for the 2018-19 school year were released Thursday. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Florida education news: Palm Beach will fire principal in Holocaust controversy, Bethune statue gets closer, lawyers settle FIU bridge cases

Among the stories in today's education roundup: Six companies have agreed to settle victim lawsuits over last year's pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami. [Associated Press]
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Florida education news: 'Holocaustí principal is ousted, vouchers and discrimination, diversity and more

An analysis by the Florida Phoenix shows that Florida's predominantly white teaching force does not match the diversity of students in public schools. In this image, first-grade students at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg walked to their new classroom in March after an upgrade at the school. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]
A roundup of stories from around the state

Florida education news: Holocaust flap, contract talks, teaching evolution and more

A Holocaust memorial in Brooklyn, New York. A high school principal in Palm Beach County has drawn attention for telling a parent in an email that
A roundup of stories from around the state