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

Court ruling could end PBC school board’s fight to block a charter school
 Renaissance Charter in Royal Palm Beach is one of six Charter Schools USA schools in Palm Beach County. (File photo) The Florida Supreme Court today handed 
            a legal victory to a charter school company battling the Palm Beach County School Board for the right to open a school west of Delray Beach. Justices refused to hear the school...

Posted: 2 days ago

Renaissance Charter in Royal Palm Beach is one of six Charter Schools USA schools in Palm Beach County. (File photo) The Florida Supreme Court today handed a legal victory to a charter school company battling the Palm Beach County School Board for the right to open a school west of Delray Beach. Justices refused to hear the school...
Bak Middle School cancels classes after power outage
 Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach (File photo). Bak Middle School of the Arts canceled classes and sent students home this morning after power went out at the 
            West Palm Beach school. A school district spokeswoman confirmed that a power outage was reported at the school around 7:15 a.m. The school has a backup
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Posted: 3 days ago

Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach (File photo). Bak Middle School of the Arts canceled classes and sent students home this morning after power went out at the West Palm Beach school. A school district spokeswoman confirmed that a power outage was reported at the school around 7:15 a.m. The school has a backup ...
Hurricane Irma: After 7 missed days, PBC public schools weigh makeups
 Palm Beach County may have dodged the worst of Hurricane Irma’s winds, but the storm dealt a direct hit to classrooms. After seven days of canceled classes, the county’s public school system is weighing whether it needs to resort to makeup days to recoup lost classroom time when classes resume Monday. No decision has been made...

Posted: 6 days ago

Palm Beach County may have dodged the worst of Hurricane Irma’s winds, but the storm dealt a direct hit to classrooms. After seven days of canceled classes, the county’s public school system is weighing whether it needs to resort to makeup days to recoup lost classroom time when classes resume Monday. No decision has been made...
Hurricane Irma: Employees question county shelter staffing policy
 No on-site training. Little guidance. Long, exhausting hours of work with frightened, confused residents. And, perhaps worst of all, forced separation from family members during a hurricane. Palm Beach County’s requirement that county employees staff evacuation shelters was an unfair, forced burden on employees who were ill-equipped...

Posted: 6 days ago

No on-site training. Little guidance. Long, exhausting hours of work with frightened, confused residents. And, perhaps worst of all, forced separation from family members during a hurricane. Palm Beach County’s requirement that county employees staff evacuation shelters was an unfair, forced burden on employees who were ill-equipped...
After Hurricane Irma: More than 75% of PBC public schools have power
 More than 75 percent of Palm Beach County’s public schools now have power, the school district says, a rate of progress that has administrators optimistic that schools will be ready to reopen on Monday. Hurricane Irma left just 25 percent of the county’s more than 180 public schools with power on Monday, officials said, but the...

Posted: 8 days ago

More than 75 percent of Palm Beach County’s public schools now have power, the school district says, a rate of progress that has administrators optimistic that schools will be ready to reopen on Monday. Hurricane Irma left just 25 percent of the county’s more than 180 public schools with power on Monday, officials said, but the...
After Hurricane Irma: 27 PBC schools will serve kids free meals
 More than two dozen Palm Beach County public schools will be offering free meals to children and their families on Thursday and Friday to ensure access to nutritious meals as schools work to reopen after Hurricane Irma. The 27 campuses will serve breakfast and lunch to anyone under 18, along with their adult caretakers, the school district...

Posted: 8 days ago

More than two dozen Palm Beach County public schools will be offering free meals to children and their families on Thursday and Friday to ensure access to nutritious meals as schools work to reopen after Hurricane Irma. The 27 campuses will serve breakfast and lunch to anyone under 18, along with their adult caretakers, the school district...
Hurricane Irma: PBC public schools will be closed all week
 Palm Beach County’s public schools will remain closed for the rest of the week as the school district reckons with widespread power outages, malfunctioning air-conditioners, fallen trees and a scattered work force. Two days after Hurricane Irma blew through, Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa announced Tuesday that it would be impossible...

Posted: 9 days ago

Palm Beach County’s public schools will remain closed for the rest of the week as the school district reckons with widespread power outages, malfunctioning air-conditioners, fallen trees and a scattered work force. Two days after Hurricane Irma blew through, Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa announced Tuesday that it would be impossible...
Hurricane Irma: PBC public schools will be closed through Wednesday
 Palm Beach County’s public schools will remain closed at least through Wednesday as utility workers rush to restore power and educators repair “significant damage” at campuses across the county. More than 130 schools were without power one day after Hurricane Irma mowed through the region, and the air-conditioning systems...

Posted: 10 days ago

Palm Beach County’s public schools will remain closed at least through Wednesday as utility workers rush to restore power and educators repair “significant damage” at campuses across the county. More than 130 schools were without power one day after Hurricane Irma mowed through the region, and the air-conditioning systems...
Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach, Martin county schools closed Tuesday
 The storm may roll out of town by day’s end Monday, but Palm Beach County schools will be closed at least through Tuesday, Superintendent Robert Avossa said Sunday morning. Avossa had been fielding queries through social media over the weekend, and had expressed concern about how families, both students’ and employees’,...

Posted: 12 days ago

The storm may roll out of town by day’s end Monday, but Palm Beach County schools will be closed at least through Tuesday, Superintendent Robert Avossa said Sunday morning. Avossa had been fielding queries through social media over the weekend, and had expressed concern about how families, both students’ and employees’,...
Hurricane Irma: PBC emergency shelters gear up for record influx
 Tens of thousands of people are expected to seek refuge in Palm Beach County’s emergency shelters as Hurricane Irma nears, an unprecedented test of the county’s shelter system. Emergency managers are opening 15 public shelters across the county beginning today at 10. The total capacity is about 47,000 people, and officials say...

Posted: 14 days ago

Tens of thousands of people are expected to seek refuge in Palm Beach County’s emergency shelters as Hurricane Irma nears, an unprecedented test of the county’s shelter system. Emergency managers are opening 15 public shelters across the county beginning today at 10. The total capacity is about 47,000 people, and officials say...