Marlene Sokol, Tampa Bay Times

Marlene Sokol

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Marlene:

For many who fled from Ian, Tampa Bay schools got high grades as shelters

The accommodations are spare but comfortable enough for riding out a storm, residents said. → Read More

Hillsborough residents tell school boundary consultant to avoid disruption

Changes could affect thousands of families as early as next school year. → Read More

3 Pasco teachers arrested in testing scandal at Hudson High, FDLE says

The teachers are accused of cheating so they could earn cash incentives for the passed exams. → Read More

Hillsborough ponders another K-8 school, but questions loom over the impact

The move, similar to others in recent years, is proposed by Carrollwood Elementary parents seeking other options for middle school. → Read More

Hillsborough residents asked to weigh in on possible school boundary changes

A consultant is studying whether some campuses should be closed, combined or “re-purposed.” → Read More

Pinellas voted on school board, county commission. Here’s where things stand.

Two Pinellas School Board races were settled in the primary; two are headed to a November runoff. → Read More

Hillsborough schools take a hard line on teacher pay, citing mounting expenses

Is the money there, or is it spoken for? The teachers union and the district disagree. → Read More

In Pinellas School Board District 7 race, an incumbent draws a challenger

Caprice Edmond wants to build on her record while Maria Solanki hopes to shake things up. → Read More

Pinellas School Board member Lisa Cane faces challenges from right and left

The District 2 incumbent signed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pledge, but one opponent says she’s not conservative enough. → Read More

Florida schools grades show upward trend, state says

It’s the last Florida Standards report. The state is moving to a new school grading system next year. → Read More

Tampa Bay school board races are set amid high political interest

Some offer voters stark choices, with candidates who support or oppose Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education agenda. → Read More

3 vie to be Pinellas’ next school superintendent. Which one will prevail?

With a decision coming Tuesday, the School Board considers a homegrown leader and two educators from outside the district. → Read More

Hillsborough schools trying to replace state money lost in stand over masks

School Board also renews support for LGBTQ students amid criticism from ‘parental rights’ supporters. → Read More

Tampa Bay students walk out in protest of Florida’s ‘don’t say gay’ bill

Participation appeared to be widespread at area high schools. Students said the legislation would add to the challenges LGBTQ kids already face. → Read More

Hillsborough renews 5 more charter schools

Combined with four other charters approved earlier this month, they will consume nearly $50 million in state dollars. → Read More

Hillsborough’s struggling schools attempt a ‘transformation.’ Can it work?

With 35 “persistently low-performing” schools — more than any other Florida county — the road ahead is uncertain. → Read More

With state sanctions in mind, Hillsborough renews 4 charter schools

Some School Board members were supportive, but others said the state left them no choice. → Read More

Tampa Bay schools report 7,100 COVID cases for the week, a pandemic record

Halfway through the school year, cases are more than double those in all of 2020-21. Districts struggle to find substitute teachers. → Read More

Hillsborough school superintendent Addison Davis has COVID-19

He’s one of thousands in the school system diagnosed in recent days. Tuesday alone saw 43 cases reported in district offices. → Read More

Five compete to be Hillsborough County’s top teacher

This year’s gala will be held in person to recognize 13 finalists for three awards, including teacher of the year. → Read More