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‘Really do believe’ this is the end of my political career

‘Really do believe’ this is the end of my political career

TALLAHASSEE — Jeff Atwater, a former Florida Senate president, is leaving the statewide elected position of chief financial officer on June 30 with more than a year remaining in his second four-year term. A day later, the Republican will start a new job as a vice president at Florida Atlantic University, where he will manage finances and economic development. Atwater was briefly in the running...
Ex-Bak Middle School treasurer arrested on forgery charges

Ex-Bak Middle School treasurer arrested on forgery charges

A former Bak Middle School of the Arts treasurer suspected in the disappearance of more than $66,000 in school money was arrested Friday on check-forgery charges related to the case, nine months after authorities had ruled out criminal charges against her. Cathleen Spring, 53, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail shortly after midnight Friday on charges that she forged signatures on two school...
NEW: Ex-Bak Middle School treasurer arrested on fraud charges

NEW: Ex-Bak Middle School treasurer arrested on fraud charges

A former Bak Middle School of the Arts treasurer suspected in the disappearance of more than $66,000 in school funds was arrested Friday on check-forgery charges related to the case, nine months after authorities ruled out criminal charges against her. Cathleen Spring, 53, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail shortly after midnight Friday on charges that she forged signatures on two school checks...
How does a Pahokee rabbit hunt help kids become NFL football stars?

How does a Pahokee rabbit hunt help kids become NFL football stars?

Filmmaker Patrick Bresnan’s inside look at Pahokee High School’s prom got him his first invitation to the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. But it is his follow up, documenting a Pahokee family hunting rabbits as the critters flee burning cane fields, that has opened the door to competing for an Academy Award. “The Rabbit Hunt,” which runs just over 11 minutes with no narration...
PBC school board OKs paying $26M for help managing building projects

PBC school board OKs paying $26M for help managing building projects

Palm Beach County School Board members agreed Wednesday to hire a project-management company to help oversee an upcoming rush of building and repair projects made possible by an influx of money from this year’s sales-tax hike. California-based AECOM will earn an estimated $26 million over 10 years to help to organize, coordinate and oversee roughly $1.4 billion in new projects, including the...
Best of the Class 2017

Best of the Class 2017

Alyssa Moreno Hometown: West Palm Beach Parents: Francisco and Amy Moreno Director: Mary Joyner College I will attend: Palm Beach State College Biggest personal achievement: My most rewarding accomplishment so far has been getting high honors throughout my high school years, and also receiving valedictorian. Kathleen Fleming Hometown: Boca Raton Rank: Co-Salutatorian Parents: Jack and Beth Altizer...
5 things to learn from valedictorians

5 things to learn from valedictorians

You think valedictorians are smarter than you? Nope — brainpower’s not the key to being at the top of the class. Students who rise to the top are smart, sure, but they display other personal traits that fuel their success. Take a lesson from these three valedictorians, who impressed us with more than their intellects: Kristina Lemajic, who came to Palm Beach County from Serbia when she...
Jupiter council approves CineBowl in Abacoa

Jupiter council approves CineBowl in Abacoa

Despite concerns about parking, the town council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $22 million plan for CineBowl & Grille, an Abacoa entertainment center with restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater. “CineBowl will add to the vibrancy of the area,” said Josh Simon, the owner of Downtown Abacoa. The agreement calls for Rich Rendina, the owner of the Aries...
Palm Beach County schools might pay $26 million for help managing building boom

Palm Beach County schools might pay $26 million for help managing building boom

Palm Beach County’s public school system wants to pay a Fortune 500 company $26 million to oversee a decade-long school construction boom, one made possible by an influx of cash generated by voters’ decision in November to raise the county’s sales tax. Under a contract that school board members will consider Wednesday, California-based AECOM would work as the school district&rsquo...
Amid struggles, Boynton Beach High School gets new principal

Amid struggles, Boynton Beach High School gets new principal

Guarn Sims, has been tapped as Boynton Beach High School’s new principal. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach High School’s principal is being replaced amid struggles at the school to raise student achievement and calls from community activists for a new leader.
LATEST: Student arrested in assault of Wellington High teacher

LATEST: Student arrested in assault of Wellington High teacher

A teenager is facing a battery charge after police say he physically and verbally assaulted a Wellington High School faculty member in April, according to the Palm Beach County School District police. Sebastian Escudero, 18, charged at the faculty member and said he was going to “beat him,” according to the affidavit for his arrest, made public Monday. Arrested Friday on a charge of battery...
Editorial: Scott’s double-whammy against public education in Florida

Editorial: Scott’s double-whammy against public education in Florida

With one stroke of his pen last week, Gov. Rick Scott set back progress for Florida’s public universities. And with another stroke, he did astounding damage to the state’s K-12 public schools. Nice work, Governor. In the first instance, Scott vetoed most of the policy initiatives sought by Senate President Joe Negron in hopes of catapulting Florida campuses into the nation’s top...
Palm Beach County students, armed with Beyoncé, will learn to save lives

Palm Beach County students, armed with Beyoncé, will learn to save lives

High school biology class in Palm Beach County just got a little more hands on: Every student in the course is going to learn Hands-Only CPR beginning next fall. That will put about 11,000 more life savers on the region’s streets in one year, and more each year that follows. It is another step in a national campaign to put a dent in the number of deaths and injury that result when...
Gov. Scott signs charter-friendly education bill HB 7069 into law

Gov. Scott signs charter-friendly education bill HB 7069 into law

Gov. Rick Scott at Galaxy Elementary School in 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post) Gov. Rick Scott today signed into law a controversial education bill that shifts hundreds of millions of dollars from traditional public schools to charter schools, drawing protests from traditional educators and applause from school-choice advocates.
Scott vetoes Negron priority of higher-education changes

Scott vetoes Negron priority of higher-education changes

With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday wiped out most of the higher-education policy initiatives that had been advanced by Senate President Joe Negron during the 2017 legislative session. Scott vetoed a 291-page bill (SB 374), objecting to a proposed enrollment cap on baccalaureate degrees for the 28 state colleges and citing the Legislature’s decision to cut the state college...
Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers

Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Wednesday providing across-the-board pay raises to state employees for the first time since 2013, but remained mum on whether he would also approve a wide-ranging and controversial education bill. In a ceremony for veterans at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee, Scott signed the compensation legislation (SB 7022), a key priority...
Fla. judge: Charter schools deserve a cut of local school taxes

Fla. judge: Charter schools deserve a cut of local school taxes

File photo A state judge ruled this week that Indian River County’s charter schools deserve a proportional share of a special property tax that helps to pay for the county’s public schools, despite the county school board’s argument that it could give them less.
Editorial: Too many decisions made in private, by just three people

Editorial: Too many decisions made in private, by just three people

A modest proposal: For efficiency’s sake, why don’t we just tell the Florida Legislature to stay home and let the state’s laws and spending be decided by only the governor, the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House? Because that, in essence was the story of the 2017 legislative session. To a remarkable degree, the outcome was the product of the personalities and...
Public school backers urge Scott to veto bill helping charter schools

Public school backers urge Scott to veto bill helping charter schools

With a controversial and wide-ranging education bill now on his desk, Florida Gov. Rick Scott faces intense pressure from both sides as he weighs whether to sign or veto the legislation. Rumors have begun floating that Scott will sign HB 7069 later this week, but officially the governor maintains that he hasn’t made a final decision. Scott received the bill late Monday; he has until June 27...
Appeals court weighs Florida State University’s gun policies

Appeals court weighs Florida State University’s gun policies

A Second Amendment group asked an appeals court Tuesday to direct Florida State University to revise language in the student Code of Conduct about guns on campus to match state law. The request to a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came as the group Florida Carry continued a legal battle with the university that started with “erroneous” information about guns in a...
Scott, Corcoran tout Lake Okeechobee dike money in West Palm

Scott, Corcoran tout Lake Okeechobee dike money in West Palm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in Palm Beach County Tuesday to highlight the state’s $83 billion budget, saluted President Donald Trump as a “partner” in efforts to accelerate repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, recently transformed from fiscal foes to budget buddies, stopped by the South Florida...
Trump imitation in Florida public school sinks student-body president

Trump imitation in Florida public school sinks student-body president

We’re slipping toward a post-satirical world. A Florida high schooler got a first-hand lesson of this recently. Vero Beach High School student J.P. Krause was asked to give an impromptu speech in his Advanced Placement U.S. History class. Krause was running for student body president, and he delivered an off-the-cuff political speech attacking a girl who was running against him for office...
Atwater’s last day as Florida CFO is June 30, then takes job at FAU

Atwater’s last day as Florida CFO is June 30, then takes job at FAU

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater formally delivered his letter of resignation on Monday, five months after announcing he was leaving for a job at Florida Atlantic University. The letter said June 30 — the end of the current fiscal year — will be Atwater’s final day in the statewide job. He’s held the Cabinet office, which has duties ranging from overseeing the state...
Why those recent soggy conditions have led to, ugh, sweaty nights

Why those recent soggy conditions have led to, ugh, sweaty nights

Ocean-warmed winds and air bloated with water vapor buoyed overnight temperatures in South Florida this week, breaking or tying heat records on both coasts. A gooey low of just 79 degrees was recorded Sunday morning at Palm Beach International Airport, tying the previous overnight warm record set for that day in 2012. Miami woke Sunday to a sultry 82, breaking the 2010 record of 80 degrees. Also,...
Lawmakers sweeten session finish with Lake O, college building money

Lawmakers sweeten session finish with Lake O, college building money

After two days of escalating standoffs, Florida lawmakers reached agreement Friday on the issues at the heart of this week’s special legislative session: more money for public schools, an economic-incentives package coveted by the governor and rules to implement the state’s new medical marijuana program. Hours of closed-door bargaining sessions also produced two new sweeteners...
UF plans to hire 500 faculty after funding boost from Legislature

UF plans to hire 500 faculty after funding boost from Legislature

With a boost in funding from the Legislature, the University of Florida on Friday announced an initiative to add 500 new faculty members to help raise its status as one of the nation’s top public research universities. “We know what we need to do and we are laser-focused on several areas that will have the greatest impact on our educational and research missions while giving UF an...
Senate concedes on schools but chambers at odds on business incentives

Senate concedes on schools but chambers at odds on business incentives

The Florida Legislature moved Thursday toward a climatic conclusion of its special session as legislation on a variety of topics — education, medical marijuana, business and tourism incentives — was nudged in the direction of final passage. Breaking a logjam on the most hotly debated topic of the session, education funding, the Senate advanced legislation that would boost per-student K-12...
Senate overrides Scott higher ed vetoes; House refuses to go along

Senate overrides Scott higher ed vetoes; House refuses to go along

In a rebuke to Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Senate on Wednesday voted to override vetoes of about $75 million in higher-education projects, although House leaders appear reluctant to back the move. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Scott’s $410 million in line-item vetoes in an $82 billion budget passed last month “disproportionately” affected the higher-education system...
Seminole Ridge band director among the quarterfinalists for award

Seminole Ridge band director among the quarterfinalists for award

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Band director Dan Harvey is among the quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award, which is presented by the Grammy Foundation’s Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. The award recognizes teachers who have made a significant contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to maintaining music education. The winner will attend the annual...

School district sets hours for summertime registration

All district schools are open today through Aug. 4 for student registration. Hours will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Staff will be available during these times to assist. Parents should enroll their children directly at the school they plan to attend for the 2017-18 school year. Hours may vary June 26 through the July 4 holiday, and parents should check with individual schools....
Royal Palm valedictorian plans to study biochemistry

Royal Palm valedictorian plans to study biochemistry

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Carlos Romagosa, 17 If there is one common theme among high school valedictorians, it’s the fact that, when they look back at their high school careers, they often find something they think they could improve upon. Despite his 3.98 (5.33 weighted) GPA and the achievement of finishing high school ranked No. 1 in his class, Carlos Romagosa is no different. “I was doing...
Jupiter High pair wins award for sunscreen-dispenser plan

Jupiter High pair wins award for sunscreen-dispenser plan

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS JUPITER HIGH Jordan Borenstein and Seth Rodgers won the Palm Beach County Philanthropy Tank Ray Band Award for their plan to install sunscreen dispensers in county parks. The pair was awarded $8,500, which will go toward purchasing sunscreen dispensers through the RDK Melanoma Foundation. BRIEFLY All district schools are open today through Aug. 4 for student registration...
House, Senate at odds in where to get extra money for schools

House, Senate at odds in where to get extra money for schools

Palm Beach County public school leaders are hoping for a bigger spending boost when state lawmakers reconvene today to work out a new deal to finance Florida’s schools, and early signs suggest that educators might get their wish. Key House and Senate leaders are proposing more money for public schools than they agreed to provide when they passed a state budget this past month. The new money...
Editorial: Special session an insult to voters, good government

Editorial: Special session an insult to voters, good government

Well, at least the schoolkids look to get a little more money. That’s about the only bright spot to be gleaned from the rubber-stamp of a legislative special session that’s slated to begin today and end on Friday. Although the task is unfinished, Florida’s lawmakers aren’t scheduled to talk about medical marijuana. They aren’t rethinking their huge giveaways to the charter...
Banner flap at Boca High ought to be lesson for Florida lawmakers

Banner flap at Boca High ought to be lesson for Florida lawmakers

Whether or not you admire the spirituality, or lack of spirituality, of local atheist Chaz Stevens, you’ve got to hand it to the guy. He serves a purpose. The Palm Beach County School Board has had a practice of allowing religious groups to advertise their brand of salvation at county public schools. At least that was the practice until Stevens asked Boca Raton High School to display...
FAU hardest hit in Palm Beach County by Scott budget vetoes

FAU hardest hit in Palm Beach County by Scott budget vetoes

To free up money for a budget deal that boosts spending for schools and tourism and business incentives, Florida Gov. Rick Scott used his veto pen Friday to nix about $410 million in projects statewide, including $10.7 million worth in Palm Beach County. Scott used his line-item veto authority to cut from the $83 billion budget approved by state lawmakers last month and signed by Scott on Friday....
Bill paying former Palm Beach County students among 33 signed by Scott

Bill paying former Palm Beach County students among 33 signed by Scott

A measure that allows two former Palm Beach County high school students to collect large settlements from the county School Board was among 33 bills the governor signed into law Friday. The bill (HB 6549) directs the School Board to pay $4.7 million to Dustin Reinhardt for injuries he sustained in a 2013 explosion in his Seminole Ridge High School auto shop class and $790,000 to Altavious Carter,...
Scott OKs budget, calls special session on schools, business funding

Scott OKs budget, calls special session on schools, business funding

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has reached a deal with legislative leaders to hold a three-day special session in Tallahassee next week to direct more money to education, tourism promotion and economic incentives. Despite a push from school districts and Democrats unhappy with the level of education spending, Scott did not follow through on his threat to veto the entire $83 billion budget...

Jupiter student falls short of competing in today’s Spelling Bee final

Jupiter eighth-grader Tyler Berndt’s word skills got him through two rounds of spelling out loud at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. but, like 250 others, he fell short of qualifying for the final rounds today. Only 40 students in a field of 291 will go on to spell in front of a live television audience. It wasn’t enough to spell “affogato” and “ruction&rdquo...
When senior quotes go awry: Boca High recalls yearbooks

When senior quotes go awry: Boca High recalls yearbooks

Boca High students take selfie before their graduation ceremony Saturday. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) When you rely on high school seniors for wisdom on the path ahead or reflection on the steps already taken, be prepared for some bumps in the road  – a not-so-wise education reporter.
Parent: 2 final exams for the same course? Blame school grades formula

Parent: 2 final exams for the same course? Blame school grades formula

In the age of escalating anti-testing sentiment, in a state that has sought to pare the relentless scheduling of state- and district-wide exams, certain Palm Beach County high schools asked their best students to take not one, but two final exams this spring. The request wasn’t so much for the sake of the students’ grades as it was for the schools. Jamie Howard, a junior at Jupiter High...
Gov. Scott now has Florida budget; has 15 days to veto or deal

Gov. Scott now has Florida budget; has 15 days to veto or deal

With a narrowing deadline and an uncertain outcome, Florida legislative leaders on Wednesday sent the new $82.4 billion state budget to Gov. Rick Scott, as education leaders urged a veto of all or major parts of the spending plan. Scott has not tipped his hand. But the Republican governor remains angered over the Legislature’s decision to slash spending for economic development and tourism incentives...
Summit: Lack of affordable homes in Palm Beach County at ‘crisis’ level

Summit: Lack of affordable homes in Palm Beach County at ‘crisis’ level

More than 500 government officials, lenders and builders packed a ballroom at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Wednesday to come up with ideas on how to address a lack of affordable housing they say is hurting employee recruitment efforts and driving younger people to less expensive locations. Turns out, they fretted, paradise is less idyllic if you’ve got to live with your parents or...
Post Time: The struggles, victories and sacrifice of Charles Stebbins

Post Time: The struggles, victories and sacrifice of Charles Stebbins

Readers: Our April 20 column on civil rights pioneer William Holland prompted a request that we again feature the story of Charles H. Stebbins Jr. Just before World War II, white teachers with five years of experience got a $20 raise to $140 a month— that would be about $2,400 a month now— and similarly qualified blacks didn’t. Blacks’ outrage led to the founding of the Palm...
Palm Beach Central student governors to take on county duties

Palm Beach Central student governors to take on county duties

PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH The Student Government Association was elected to preside over the Palm Beach County Council, and will conduct business meetings involving all the district’s high school SGAs. The Palm Beach Central High SGA will become a voting member of the School Board, working with the superintendent and officials on policies that affect students. Members include Johan Restrepo, Jessica...
Valedictorian Joezer Pascal off to Vanderbilt for engineering, sports

Valedictorian Joezer Pascal off to Vanderbilt for engineering, sports

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Joezer Pascal, 18 As a top-level athlete, Joezer Pascal isn’t your average valedictorian. In fact, if you ask him, he isn’t a really a valedictorian at all. He’ll point out that he actually finished seventh in his class but earned the award because the other six students either enrolled early in college or were taking college-level classes – not dual enrollment...
Why Palm Beach County school safety patrols are dropping trains to D.C.

Why Palm Beach County school safety patrols are dropping trains to D.C.

The annual en masse arrival of hundreds of Palm Beach County safety patrollers in the nation’s capital via Amtrak Silver Bullet train is a rite of passage with a 61-year history. But like so many traditions, this one looks to be fading into the rearview. Each year, more schools opt to send their students by air – a trend that ironically began after 9/11.
Palm Beach County boy’s service dog gets own yearbook photo

Palm Beach County boy’s service dog gets own yearbook photo

  A boy and his dog  have landed in the pages of Frontier Elementary’s yearbook, and mom is so thrilled she’s giving the Palm Beach County school a shout-out on Facebook. Ethan Amara sits in a blue polo, grinning, every hair in place. His service dog, Ketch, a yellow Labrador retriever, sits one school photo away, blue harness in place, also grinning, tongue out. “You want...
Dreyfoos murder suspect admitted he was wanted, but wasn’t arrested

Dreyfoos murder suspect admitted he was wanted, but wasn’t arrested

The man accused of fatally shooting two fellow janitors at Dreyfoos School of the Arts met with law-enforcement authorities in Colombia as early as 2013 and told them he was wanted for murder, but was turned away and not arrested for nearly four years, according to a police report made public Friday. On July 25, 2014, Javier Burgos met with Interpol and Colombian national police officials...
EXCLUSIVE: Victim’s family wants life term for Dreyfoos murder suspect

EXCLUSIVE: Victim’s family wants life term for Dreyfoos murder suspect

As the four-year anniversary of Christopher Marshall’s murder crept closer, his family wondered if his killer would ever face justice. “I thought they had forgotten about this,” said LJ Ugarte, Marshall’s brother-in-law, referring to the criminal investigation. On Thursday morning, a West Palm Beach police detective called a family member to report that Javier Burgos had turned...
EXCLUSIVE: How one mom’s gut check led to teacher on the lam for child porn

EXCLUSIVE: How one mom’s gut check led to teacher on the lam for child porn

Elizabeth’s gut kicked in shortly after basketball season began. Coach Corey Perry was on the phone with her son constantly. Her eighth-grader would walk around the house doing his chores, even the laundry, with coach on speaker phone. Daily. Mom could hear the chatter, and that gave her some comfort — the conversation sounded all sports, nothing salacious, nothing inappropriate....
Katz Yeshiva High students win first place in Earth Day challenge

Katz Yeshiva High students win first place in Earth Day challenge

CALUSA ELEMENTARY “Shrek: The Musical, Jr.” will be performed by third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at 6 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. The school is at 2051 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton. SEA STAR WALDORF SCHOOL The school has been accepted into the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America as a developing member. The private nonprofit school, formerly called Sea Star Initiative, offers...
Valedictorian Perla Cervantes puts heart into book reading, friends

Valedictorian Perla Cervantes puts heart into book reading, friends

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Perla Cervantes, 18 The valedictorian at Glades Central High School this year isn’t just a teenager who snagged a fancy title for her graduation. Perla Cervantes enjoys venturing out of her comfort zone and aims to learn something new every single day. And one of the ways she does this is through book reading. She’s even turned her father’s old, broken-down van...
Palm Beach Central High’s Interact Club donates to Operation Gratitude

Palm Beach Central High’s Interact Club donates to Operation Gratitude

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Erika Woerner-Goldrich has been named the High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year by the Palm Beach County Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Science teacher Kevin Lasagna was a guest presenter at the annual Florida Marine Science Educators’ Association conference at St. John’s River State College in St. Augustine. His presentation, “Shining Light on Ocean...
William T. Dwyer High students win Congressional Medals

William T. Dwyer High students win Congressional Medals

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The annual book swap is being organized. Anyone may drop off books in the main school office, 10300 Allamanda Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. As students turn in books, they will receive a ticket to swap for new-to-them books June 1-2. Call 561-803-7200 with any questions. Families are invited to attend Barnes...
POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

Many thousands of children in the United States, including many in Palm Beach County, finish third grade without learning to read proficiently — and that puts them on a dreaded track of dropping out of high school. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential, and his or her potential to contributing to our nation’s economy and security...
VIDEO: Police release footage from Boca teacher-student kissing case

VIDEO: Police release footage from Boca teacher-student kissing case

City police released a copy of a video involving a Boca Raton teacher who was arrested in February for allegedly kissing a 10-year-old student. Brian Kornbluth, 29, was sentenced to one year of probation after he pleaded guilty to a charge of battery. Police say Kornbluth was caught on a camera as he kissed a 10-year-old, fifth-grade boy on Feb. 9 in an empty classroom at the Somerset Academy. The...

POINT OF VIEW:

The Florida Legislature passed an $82.4 billion budget and received a well-deserved grade in a recent Palm Beach Post editorial (Legislature earns an ‘A’ for boosting universities, May 3). This legislature’s $587 million increase in higher education funding deserves applause, indeed. However, proponents and sponsors of this significant boost seem to have overlooked a vital economic...
PBC’s 3rd-graders improve on reading but fall further behind state

PBC’s 3rd-graders improve on reading but fall further behind state

Palm Beach County’s public schools are falling further behind the rest of the state in one of their most crucial tasks: teaching third-graders to read at grade level. The percentage of the county’s third-graders passing the state language arts exam rose two points this year to 54 percent, according to state test results released Friday. But across Florida, third-grade proficiency improved...
NEW: Port St. Lucie teacher accused of having sex with student

NEW: Port St. Lucie teacher accused of having sex with student

A Port St. Lucie High School chemistry teacher was arrested this week on allegations that she had sex with a 17-year-old male student. City police arrested Tiffany Michelle Geliga, 35, of Port St. Lucie on Thursday night on two counts of sex assault by a person 24 or older on a victim who is 16 or 17 years old. The teen disclosed the relationship — which police say included late-night calls...
54 percent of PBC 3 grade pass state reading test – and that’s an improvement

54 percent of PBC 3 grade pass state reading test – and that’s an improvement

Palm Beach County’s third graders have made gains on Florida’s statewide reading exam, but they still aren’t passing at the rates of their peers across the state and almost half didn’t pass and will have to prove themselves in order to be promoted to fourth grade. The school district landed a 54 percent passing rate on what is known as the Florida Standards Assessment of English...
Pathfinders showcase the hidden wealth of our high-achieving teenagers

Pathfinders showcase the hidden wealth of our high-achieving teenagers

If you’re looking for a simple way to become instantly inspired, humbled, and reassured about the future, here’s what you need to do. Read the nomination packets for the local teenagers applying for the annual Pathfinder Scholarship Awards presented by The Palm Beach Post. For the past 34 years, this program has presented millions of dollars in scholarships to graduating high school seniors...
LATEST: Woman recorded man performing lewd act near school, PBSO says

LATEST: Woman recorded man performing lewd act near school, PBSO says

A woman recorded a 55-year-old man touching himself last week while he sat in the bushes near a school outside the city limits, Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities said. Lawrence Dunn, a homeless man who is known to spend time in southern Palm Beach and Broward counties, was arrested Wednesday on trespassing and indecent exposure charges. Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ordered he undergo a mental-health...
Hidden Oaks principal steered school donations to son’s charity drive

Hidden Oaks principal steered school donations to son’s charity drive

Hidden Oaks Elementary (file photo 2005) The principal of Hidden Oaks Elementary steered $1,300 from school fundraisers to an out-of-town charity drive organized by her son without disclosing her family connection to the event, an investigation by the Palm Beach County School Board’s inspector general has found.
Post’s high school Pathfinders out to change world: How they’ll do it

Post’s high school Pathfinders out to change world: How they’ll do it

The high school seniors who rose to the top of the Pathfinder Scholarship Awards announced Wednesday night have not only secured bragging rights for their academic careers to date, they are poised to represent the region for years to come. LeeAnn Hewitt has plans to compete in the next summer Olympics. Sabrina Ginsberg aspires to become a doctor to NASA astronauts. Celinie Nguyen is...
Mother’s support helped science-minded senior stay on track

Mother’s support helped science-minded senior stay on track

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Seanna Clark, 17 The lack of women in the field of science did not deter or intimidate Palm Beach Lakes High School valedictorian Seanna Chanel Clark from pursuing her dreams of having a career in this field because she has a strong mother who supports her goals completely, she said. Clark aspires to be a forensic scientist and said her mother, Joy Clark, encouraged her. &ldquo...
Schools end year with musicals, concerts, talent shows

Schools end year with musicals, concerts, talent shows

ALEXANDER W. DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Matthew S. Nadel was among the recipients of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Kathryn Stenberg has been named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. BENOIST FARMS ELEMENTARY The annual Talent Show begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, featuring the Benoist Farms Rock Band, Concert Band, Guitar Group, recorder players, and other singers and dancers. Admission is free. The...
Nina Haven Scholarships presented to Martin County seniors

Nina Haven Scholarships presented to Martin County seniors

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS SUNCOAST HIGH National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners include Meher Kalkat, Jacqueline Chen and Justin J. Hancock. WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE The Literary and Fine Arts Academy Band will present the spring musical, “Xanadu,” at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. The school is at 5150 117th Court North, Palm Beach Gardens. The Spring Band Concert...
SouthTech hosts inaugural Boynton Beach Short Film Festival

SouthTech hosts inaugural Boynton Beach Short Film Festival

BOCA RATON HIGH Yuri Utsumi was named a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winner. EAGLES LANDING MIDDLE The Chorus Concert starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the campus of Olympic Heights High, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. CALUSA ELEMENTARY “Shrek: The Musical, Jr.” will be performed by third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at 6 p.m. May 25 and 27. The school is at 2051 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton...
Editorial: Terrible budget for public education deserves Scott veto

Editorial: Terrible budget for public education deserves Scott veto

Gov. Rick Scott is signaling that he may veto all or part of the recently passed state budget and an accompanying bill that spell big trouble for Florida’s public schools. On Monday, he said words that ought to cheer the thousands of educators and parents who have flooded his office with emails, petitions and phone calls, begging him to torpedo a budget and accompanying bill that add a skimpy...
Lawsuit filed against Jupiter police chief for not paying HOA fees

Lawsuit filed against Jupiter police chief for not paying HOA fees

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow owes about $1,600 in homeowner association fees, according to a lawsuit filed against him in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The homeowner’s association could foreclose on its claim of lien on the house if the foreclosure complaint is not settled. Kitzerow’s house then could be sold by Palm Beach County for the homeowner’s association to recover...
U.S.: Pell grants for low-income students OK for summer classes

U.S.: Pell grants for low-income students OK for summer classes

Despite broader political turmoil in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, federal and state lawmakers have agreed to dramatically increase financial aid to the neediest college and university students. On May 4, the U.S. Senate approved a series of budget bills that will fund the federal government through Sept. 30, including the extension of Pell grants to cover summer classes for the first time since...

POINT OF VIEW: Public ‘schools of hope’ could be anything but

Misguided goals have been driving education policy in Tallahassee. Chief among these is the ill-advised rush to the effective privatization of our public schools via charter schools. Having taught in public schools for eight years (middle and high school English), I’ve seen first-hand the dedication, professionalism and struggle of our public schools. I’ve experienced overcrowded classrooms...
Christie commentary: Don’t let Bak theft put a chill on volunteering

Christie commentary: Don’t let Bak theft put a chill on volunteering

As a father of three kids who went through Palm Beach County Schools — elementary to high school — I did a good bit of volunteering. Along with many other parents, I participated in Parent-Teacher Organizations, School Advisory Councils and myriad fundraisers over the years. It was gratifying work. That’s why I still do it despite the girls having long graduated. It’s why I&rsquo...
Cerabino: Dear graduates, I can’t ( thank you / remember ) enough for this speech

Cerabino: Dear graduates, I can’t ( thank you / remember ) enough for this speech

Dear High School Graduates: I am ( thrilled / perplexed ) that you asked me here to speak to you on this noteworthy day in your lives. It’s a real ( honor / indication ) that your first choice ( was me / didn’t show up.) Because of this, I have ( carefully / hurriedly ) crafted my remarks into a message I hope you will find ( thought-provoking / brief ) and ( ...
EXCLUSIVE: FAU, Glades are county’s big winners if Scott signs budget

EXCLUSIVE: FAU, Glades are county’s big winners if Scott signs budget

Florida Atlantic University and the Glades are poised to be big winners in Palm Beach County if Gov. Rick Scott signs the state budget legislators have cobbled together. The university’s Honors College could get $1 million for an expansion project. Another $14.5 million could be directed to the university for a new STEM/life sciences building on the Abacoa campus in Jupiter, the replacement...
POST INVESTIGATION: Eagle Arts charter in chaos: Are kids being educated?

POST INVESTIGATION: Eagle Arts charter in chaos: Are kids being educated?

Like hundreds of families before them, Jill Sheffield and her mother walked the halls of Eagle Arts Academy last summer with growing excitement. Touring the sprawling campus, the shy 11-year-old and her mother followed the school’s director across the dance studio’s shiny wood floors, through the guitar-filled music room, and into the gleaming computer lab, listening as he explained...
Teacher Corey Perry and child porn: Victims found at his middle school

Teacher Corey Perry and child porn: Victims found at his middle school

By the FBI’s estimation, middle school science teacher Corey Perry had been involved in child pornography for at least three years, insinuating himself into the lives of teenage boys, including those who passed through the halls of Howell L. Watkins Middle, where he’d been teaching since 2010. Though Perry, 33, short-circuited the investigation by first fleeing authorities and then shooting...
Slime science: Why slime is like leftover pasta

Slime science: Why slime is like leftover pasta

Is slime a fading fad? Maybe. (Those fidget spinners look a lot less messy.) But the one thing slime has over spinners and bottle flipping, and whatever other fad you can thing of is its potential for a lesson in applied science.
BREAKING: Swastikas, racial slurs painted on walls at Santaluces High

BREAKING: Swastikas, racial slurs painted on walls at Santaluces High

Swatiskas and racial slurs were found painted on the walls of Santaluces High School early Wednesday, the second incident involving racially offensive graffiti at a southern Palm Beach County high school in a week. Tameka Robinson, the school’s principal, called parents Wednesday morning to inform them about the incident. School officials are working with school police to review surveillance...
2017 GRADUATION DATES AND TIMES

2017 GRADUATION DATES AND TIMES

Note: Unless otherwise stated, ceremonies will be held at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach Wednesday Indian Ridge School, 2 p.m., at Indian Ridge School Thursday Royal Palm School, 1 p.m., at Royal Palm School Monday Palm Beach Virtual School, 5 p.m., at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts Tuesday Village Academy, 6 p.m., at Plumosa School of the Arts Wednesday...
Sons and Daughters of Italy present scholarships to local seniors

Sons and Daughters of Italy present scholarships to local seniors

JUPITER HIGH Allensandro D’ Innocenzo is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the state organization of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The annual talent show takes place at 6:30 p.m. May 10 in the cafeteria, featuring everything from comedy to classical piano. The school band also will entertain. MARSH POINTE ELEMENTARY A Spring Band Concert featuring...
Oxbridge Academy students sign Kindness Pledge

Oxbridge Academy students sign Kindness Pledge

PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH The annual Cappies Awards Gala, celebrating outstanding achievement in high school theater, begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Nominated for “Shrek” were: Supporting Actor in a Musical, Stephen Coley; Male Dancer, Ben Shaevitz; Featured Actress in a Musical, Chava Hadar; Props, Lindsay Nichols; and Hair...
Saint Joseph’s School students hold Business Day

Saint Joseph’s School students hold Business Day

WATERS EDGE ELEMENTARY Fourth- and fifth-graders will present Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” at 4 and 6:45 p.m. Thursday. The school is at 21601 Shorewind Drive, Boca Raton. OLYMPIC HEIGHTS HIGH The End of Year Band Concert begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for adults. DEL PRADO ELEMENTARY Fifth-grade students will perform...
Volunteer of the year has always been involved with her kids’ schools

Volunteer of the year has always been involved with her kids’ schools

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Jacynth “J.B.” Brown-Woodside, 54 For nearly a decade, Jacynth “J.B.” Brown-Woodside has been volunteering in the schools her kids attend because she wanted to get involved. She continues to volunteer even though her youngest child recently graduated from high school. For her commitment to education and nurturing youth, Brown-Woodside was named the Palm...
True to their school

True to their school

Lots of people stay true to their school. Some people stay so true, they put their money where their heart is. That’s what former Lake Worth High School Principal David Cantley and a few devoted alums did, way back in 1999 when they decided to form a scholarship fund for Lake Worth students, Dollars for Scholars. Tonight, this dedicated group of Lake Worth High School supporters will hit a milestone...
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