breaking news

Man ID’d in Gardens Mall shooting incident, ordered bond



Andrew Marra

Andrew Marra covers education for The Palm Beach Post. He started at The Post in 2001 and has covered public schools and the criminal justice system and has worked as an editorial writer. A graduate of Palm Beach County’s public school system, he attended Palm Beach Gardens Elementary, Howell L. Watkins Middle and Suncoast Community High School. He lives in Lake Worth with his wife and son.

Latest from Andrew Marra

Teachers union head says Avossa made false charge against him in critical email
 The leader of Palm Beach County’s teachers union says that Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa leveled a false accusation against him when he blasted him for “hostile tactics” in an email Wednesday. In the email, Avossa accused Justin Katz, the union’s recently elected president, of selectively editing videos...

Posted: 15 hours ago

The leader of Palm Beach County’s teachers union says that Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa leveled a false accusation against him when he blasted him for “hostile tactics” in an email Wednesday. In the email, Avossa accused Justin Katz, the union’s recently elected president, of selectively editing videos...
Tempers flare as Avossa calls teachers union head ‘hostile’ and ‘inexperienced’
 Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa blasted the county teacher union’s first-year president Wednesday as “hostile” and “inexperienced,” accusing him of mishandling contract negotiations and misinforming teachers “in an attempt to incite your membership.” The comments, made in an...

Posted: a day ago

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa blasted the county teacher union’s first-year president Wednesday as “hostile” and “inexperienced,” accusing him of mishandling contract negotiations and misinforming teachers “in an attempt to incite your membership.” The comments, made in an...
Former PBC teacher loses license after telling student her ‘curves are spicy’
 A former Seminole Ridge High School math teacher has been stripped of his teaching license after telling a 15-year-old student three years ago that he fantasized about her and that her “curves are spicy.” Samuel Fiore was a math teacher at the Westlake school in 2014 when police concluded he passed a series of notes to a...

Posted: 3 days ago

A former Seminole Ridge High School math teacher has been stripped of his teaching license after telling a 15-year-old student three years ago that he fantasized about her and that her “curves are spicy.” Samuel Fiore was a math teacher at the Westlake school in 2014 when police concluded he passed a series of notes to a...
Her school soared from F to B. Now a decorated PBC principal is back on top
 Few principals know better than Sandra Edwards the dizzying effect of leading a small, poor elementary school through the zigs and zags of Florida’s school-grading system. In her first four years at the helm of Washington Elementary, the state labeled the Riviera Beach school a C school, an A school, an A school again, and a D...

Posted: 4 days ago

Few principals know better than Sandra Edwards the dizzying effect of leading a small, poor elementary school through the zigs and zags of Florida’s school-grading system. In her first four years at the helm of Washington Elementary, the state labeled the Riviera Beach school a C school, an A school, an A school again, and a D...
A bus aide inflicted prolonged pain on a young boy. Prosecutors called it ‘permissible’
 Over the course of more than 30 minutes, a Palm Beach County school bus aide twisted, squeezed and drove his elbow into the body of an autistic 8-year-old boy, vowing to make him cry as the boy screamed in pain. “It hurt? It’s supposed to,” the aide said at one point as the boy moaned.  “You try me, it’s...

Posted: 9 days ago

Over the course of more than 30 minutes, a Palm Beach County school bus aide twisted, squeezed and drove his elbow into the body of an autistic 8-year-old boy, vowing to make him cry as the boy screamed in pain. “It hurt? It’s supposed to,” the aide said at one point as the boy moaned.  “You try me, it’s...
How a parent’s Facebook post sent a Boynton charter into damage control
 A popular parenting website called a Boynton Beach-area charter school’s new bathroom policy “truly absurd.” A Yahoo news article said the school’s move raised questions about potential “child abuse.” The problem: Franklin Academy says both articles were inaccurate and based on an erroneous claim...

Posted: 20 days ago

A popular parenting website called a Boynton Beach-area charter school’s new bathroom policy “truly absurd.” A Yahoo news article said the school’s move raised questions about potential “child abuse.” The problem: Franklin Academy says both articles were inaccurate and based on an erroneous claim...
NEW: Man who fled cops dies after being pulled from water
 Update: A man who jumped into a canal Friday evening while fleeing sheriff’s deputies died after being pulled from the water, authorities announced. The man, identified as Edgar Velez, 32, had jumped into a canal Friday evening while trying to run away from deputies, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff&rsquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

Update: A man who jumped into a canal Friday evening while fleeing sheriff’s deputies died after being pulled from the water, authorities announced. The man, identified as Edgar Velez, 32, had jumped into a canal Friday evening while trying to run away from deputies, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff&rsquo...
Former Bak Middle treasurer pleads guilty to falsifying records
 A former treasurer at Bak Middle School of the Arts pleaded guilty Thursday to falsifying records in a case stemming from an investigation into the disappearance of $66,000 from the school. Cathleen Spring is expected to spend six months on house arrest and five years on probation under the plea deal, her attorney said. The misdemeanor conviction...

Posted: 22 days ago

A former treasurer at Bak Middle School of the Arts pleaded guilty Thursday to falsifying records in a case stemming from an investigation into the disappearance of $66,000 from the school. Cathleen Spring is expected to spend six months on house arrest and five years on probation under the plea deal, her attorney said. The misdemeanor conviction...
Suit: Florida bus aide told autistic student to ‘take it like a man’ in assault
 Squeezing the boy’s neck, twisting his body and driving a fist into his back, a Palm Beach County school bus aide inflicted prolonged pain on an autistic Lantana Elementary School student in 2015, all while admonishing him to “take it like a man,” a lawsuit alleges. The bus aide, Christopher Barker, now 30, was investigated...

Posted: 22 days ago

Squeezing the boy’s neck, twisting his body and driving a fist into his back, a Palm Beach County school bus aide inflicted prolonged pain on an autistic Lantana Elementary School student in 2015, all while admonishing him to “take it like a man,” a lawsuit alleges. The bus aide, Christopher Barker, now 30, was investigated...
Suit: Bus aide told autistic student to ‘take it like a man’ in assault
 Squeezing the boy’s neck, twisting his body and driving a fist into his back, a Palm Beach County school bus aide inflicted prolonged pain on an autistic Lantana Elementary School student in 2015, all while admonishing him to “take it like a man,” a lawsuit alleges. The bus aide, Christopher Barker, now 30, was investigated...

Posted: 24 days ago

Squeezing the boy’s neck, twisting his body and driving a fist into his back, a Palm Beach County school bus aide inflicted prolonged pain on an autistic Lantana Elementary School student in 2015, all while admonishing him to “take it like a man,” a lawsuit alleges. The bus aide, Christopher Barker, now 30, was investigated...