Marlene Sokol, Tampa Bay Times

Marlene Sokol

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Marlene:

Hillsborough school board: Instead of closing schools, make them better

Thursday’s meeting to discuss a cost-saving plan to change attendance boundaries results in new ideas that would add expenses. → Read More

After 2 failed challenges, Hillsborough school board to rule on ‘This Book Is Gay’

This will be the third time a school district panel rules on the LGBTQ-themed text, but no date has been set. → Read More

Hillsborough school board again delays vote on changing attendance boundaries

Unable to secure support for his current plan, Superintendent Addison Davis called for a workshop to hash out details. → Read More

Hillsborough school board to consider another new boundary change plan

A revised version of Superintendent Addison Davis’ previous proposal will face scrutiny — and a key vote — on Tuesday. → Read More

DeSantis targets 4 Tampa Bay area school board members in 2024 election

He met with Republican officials, Moms for Liberty leaders before announcing the push on Fox News. → Read More

Hillsborough school board talks of delay as key vote nears on boundary plan

More complications have emerged, including legislation that could steer millions to private schools. → Read More

Hillsborough school board voices doubts about new attendance boundary plan

Some say the plan hurts minority students, others argue it will not save enough money. → Read More

Hillsborough superintendent proposes a more ‘sensitive’ school boundary plan

Plant High’s attendance boundaries would remain intact, and most changes would take effect in 2024, not this year. → Read More

What 4 new Hillsborough teachers said about the job: It’s hard ‘and I love it.’

Gender fluidity, social media and burnout are among the minefields they are learning to navigate. → Read More

Florida’s House speaker intervenes in Hillsborough school book challenge

State Rep. Paul Renner requests documents, alleging that some books on district shelves are “clearly obscene.” → Read More

PTA leaders raise concerns as Hillsborough explores new school boundaries

Members are being encouraged to call for more public dialogue and information. → Read More

Brandon High moves in new directions to stay competitive

In an era of increased choice, traditional schools like Brandon are reinventing themselves. → Read More

South Tampa parents organize against school rezoning proposals

Plant High and Coleman Middle School could send students to Jefferson High and Pierce Middle, according to two new maps. → Read More

Florida tells school districts: Update LGBTQ policies to avoid complaints

Some have been slow to catch up to the state’s new parental rights law. → Read More

Hillsborough’s school boundary plans: closed schools, thousands affected

Some schools, or parts of schools, would be “repurposed,” with the most ambitious option affecting 24,000 students. → Read More

Hillsborough’s school boundary plans: closed schools, thousands affected

Some schools, or parts of schools, would be “repurposed,” with the most ambitious option affecting 24,000 students. → Read More

Hillsborough schools adjust to make up 2 missed days during Hurricane Ian

Teachers will give up a planning day, and early release days will be extended to full days. → Read More

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