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.

Don’t like Florida’s proposed standards? They’re still a work in progress, chancellor Oliva says

Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva presents the state's second draft of academic standards revisions during an Oct. 17, 2017, session at Jefferson High School in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis called for the effort in an executive order to remove the Common Core from Florida schools. Jeffrey Solochek  |  Times staff
‘Our third draft will look different from our second,’ the chancellor explains.

Pasco school custodian arrested for bringing knife to campus

Alec J. Roarks, 27, has resigned his position at Connerton Elementary School.

Florida education news: Teacher pay raises, HB 7069 lawsuit and Florida’s latest ‘education governor’

Meaghan Leto, (center facing street), a speech therapist from Twin Lakes Elementary, protests over pay with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association outside of a School Board meeting.
A roundup of stories from around the state.

Pasco union makes pay counter-offer for school-related workers

Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. Jeffrey Solochek  |  Times Staff Writer
As expected, the union rejected the district’s plan to add work for middle and high school teachers in exchange for more money.

Gradebook podcast: Should Florida school districts create their own police departments?

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018) Hernando County School District office, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville
Hernando County debates the pros and cons of superintendent John Stratton’s recommendation.