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West Boca High students turn in math teacher who gave them all A’s
 When confronted nearly two years ago, high school math teacher Courtney Sheetz told investigators she changed the grades of 100 students to an A in a fit of frustration with an assistant principal who told her “no senior could fail,” according to district documents. West Boca Raton High’s principal said Sheetz&rsquo...

Posted: 6 hours ago

When confronted nearly two years ago, high school math teacher Courtney Sheetz told investigators she changed the grades of 100 students to an A in a fit of frustration with an assistant principal who told her “no senior could fail,” according to district documents. West Boca Raton High’s principal said Sheetz&rsquo...
50 percent graduation rate belies PBC charter schools’ successes
 The 50 percent graduation rate posted by Palm Beach County’s 14 charter high schools may sound abysmal, but it is a 10 percentage-point gain over the year before and proved to be the rising tide that helped to raise the district’s overall graduation rate to a record high. The number also belies what’s happening at the...

Posted: 3 days ago

The 50 percent graduation rate posted by Palm Beach County’s 14 charter high schools may sound abysmal, but it is a 10 percentage-point gain over the year before and proved to be the rising tide that helped to raise the district’s overall graduation rate to a record high. The number also belies what’s happening at the...
PBC school board reassigns students of soon-to-close Odyssey Middle

Posted: 4 days ago

The Palm Beach County School Board gave final approval Wednesday to a plan to reassign 1,900 Odyssey Middle students to new schools when the school closes this summer. The reassignment plan for the closing Boynton Beach school was approved unanimously without debate, the final procedural step in what will be the first closure of a traditional...
Haitian protesters voice outrage near Trump's 'Winter White House'
 The approach to President Donald Trump’s so-called Winter White House in Florida was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal...

Posted: 7 days ago

The approach to President Donald Trump’s so-called Winter White House in Florida was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal...
Haitian protesters voice outrage, march across bridge to Mar-a-Lago
 The West Palm Beach approach to the President’s so-called Winter White House was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal holiday...

Posted: 7 days ago

The West Palm Beach approach to the President’s so-called Winter White House was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal holiday...
Boynton Publix sells Fantasy 5 ticket worth $47K
 A Fantasy 5 lottery ticket now worth more than $47,000 was bought at a Publix in suburban Boynton Beach, lottery officials reported Monday morning. The ticket was one of four winners with the numbers 17-23-27-28-34. The ticket, a so-called quick pick, sold at the Publix at 10935 Jog Road. The other winning tickets were sold in Miami, Fort...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Fantasy 5 lottery ticket now worth more than $47,000 was bought at a Publix in suburban Boynton Beach, lottery officials reported Monday morning. The ticket was one of four winners with the numbers 17-23-27-28-34. The ticket, a so-called quick pick, sold at the Publix at 10935 Jog Road. The other winning tickets were sold in Miami, Fort...
Palm Beach County graduation rate hits new high
 Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that it was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that now brings the county’s graduation rate to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures. The increase mirrors a rise...

Posted: 11 days ago

Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that it was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that now brings the county’s graduation rate to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures. The increase mirrors a rise...
Palm Beach County grad rates jump 3 percentage points, hit new high
 Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped by nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that brings the graduation rate in the county to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures. The increase mirrors a rise to new...

Posted: 12 days ago

Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped by nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that brings the graduation rate in the county to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures. The increase mirrors a rise to new...
Chorus director’s former students surround him in song on death bed
 Wes Rainer loved Christmas and song and his students, so much so that few were surprised when they discovered the 63-year-old had checked himself out of the hospital against doctor’s advice to take some of his Seminole Ridge High chorus to perform at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional over the holidays. Weeks later, it...

Posted: 13 days ago

Wes Rainer loved Christmas and song and his students, so much so that few were surprised when they discovered the 63-year-old had checked himself out of the hospital against doctor’s advice to take some of his Seminole Ridge High chorus to perform at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional over the holidays. Weeks later, it...
A dream born 34 years ago endures today in The Lord’s Place
 Robyn Kennedy, a 52-year-old once-homeless woman, never met “Brother Joe.” She was just completing high school when he decided in 1983 that hosting a soup kitchen wasn’t enough and then camped on the steps of St. Ann’s Catholic Church for a month to raise $100,000 to put the homeless up in a barely renovated motel...

Posted: 28 days ago

Robyn Kennedy, a 52-year-old once-homeless woman, never met “Brother Joe.” She was just completing high school when he decided in 1983 that hosting a soup kitchen wasn’t enough and then camped on the steps of St. Ann’s Catholic Church for a month to raise $100,000 to put the homeless up in a barely renovated motel...
Student collects sample soaps, shampoos to donate to homeless

Posted: 30 days ago

High school junior Gillian Beers is hoarding sample-sized toiletries — soap, deodorant, shampoo. It arrives at her home and her dad’s office sometimes by the case, in part because he’s a dermatologist and companies like to give this stuff away. But also because she collects it, not for herself but for the down-and-out. The...
Four-legged 'Santa' a savior during Battle of the Bulge
 Tucked between dollar bills, nestled next to a black-and-white photograph of his wife Gloria, Stan Saltz pulls out a second snapshot, the one of him as a 19-year-old Army private and survivor of the bloodiest battle in the second World War. But the photo isn’t about the Florida resident. It’s about the German shepherd, a...

6:01 AM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Tucked between dollar bills, nestled next to a black-and-white photograph of his wife Gloria, Stan Saltz pulls out a second snapshot, the one of him as a 19-year-old Army private and survivor of the bloodiest battle in the second World War. But the photo isn’t about the Florida resident. It’s about the German shepherd, a...
Soldier survived Battle of the Bulge thanks to four-legged savior
 Tucked between dollar bills, nestled next to a black-and-white of his wife Gloria, Stan Saltz pulls out a second snapshot, the one of him as a 19-year-old Army private and survivor of the bloodiest battle in the second World War. But the photo isn’t about him, it’s about the German shepherd, a four-legged member of the German...

9:07 PM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Tucked between dollar bills, nestled next to a black-and-white of his wife Gloria, Stan Saltz pulls out a second snapshot, the one of him as a 19-year-old Army private and survivor of the bloodiest battle in the second World War. But the photo isn’t about him, it’s about the German shepherd, a four-legged member of the German...
JUST IN: Fire damages Belle Glade home, sends resident packing
 A house fire in Belle Glade this morning has put one person out of a home, the American Red Cross local chapter reports. The fire happened at a home on Northwest 11th Street and did enough damage to make the place unsafe for anyone to live there. The Red Cross is helping the resident with temporary shelter, food and clothing.

3:58 PM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

A house fire in Belle Glade this morning has put one person out of a home, the American Red Cross local chapter reports. The fire happened at a home on Northwest 11th Street and did enough damage to make the place unsafe for anyone to live there. The Red Cross is helping the resident with temporary shelter, food and clothing.
Post reporters win anti-fraud coalition’s award for sober home coverage
 The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, a Washington-based policy and research group, awarded its inaugural journalism award for fraud reporting to The Palm Beach Post for its work on fraud in the sober-home industry. Post investigative reporters Pat Beall and Christine Stapleton accepted the award Tuesday at the coalition’s annual meeting...

9:44 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, a Washington-based policy and research group, awarded its inaugural journalism award for fraud reporting to The Palm Beach Post for its work on fraud in the sober-home industry. Post investigative reporters Pat Beall and Christine Stapleton accepted the award Tuesday at the coalition’s annual meeting...
School Board OKs raises for all — from teachers to Avossa
 The Palm Beach County School Board unanimously agreed to give the district’s roughly 12,500 teachers raises of 3.2 percent on average, while other district employees from principals to bus mechanics will see their pay rise about 3 percent. Because Superintendent Robert Avossa’s raise was tied by contract to those of district...

12:41 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

The Palm Beach County School Board unanimously agreed to give the district’s roughly 12,500 teachers raises of 3.2 percent on average, while other district employees from principals to bus mechanics will see their pay rise about 3 percent. Because Superintendent Robert Avossa’s raise was tied by contract to those of district...
Ex-cop with history of complaints faces firing from teaching job
 Twelve years ago, the Palm Beach County School Board hired a rookie teacher who had no criminal convictions, but whose tenure as a Riviera Beach cop was highlighted by at least 20 complaints against him for misconduct. Zedrick Barber was at one point fired by the city after he was accused of shoving his ex-girlfriend. The firing didn&rsquo...

9:24 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Twelve years ago, the Palm Beach County School Board hired a rookie teacher who had no criminal convictions, but whose tenure as a Riviera Beach cop was highlighted by at least 20 complaints against him for misconduct. Zedrick Barber was at one point fired by the city after he was accused of shoving his ex-girlfriend. The firing didn&rsquo...
School district’s senior managers try teaching for a day
 JulieAnn Rico typically spends her day navigating the legalities of operating one of the country’s largest school districts, but Monday morning she was surrounded by much smaller clients — kindergartners. Her cellphone was on lockdown and her work banter was about “Max” the elf on Ms. Troy’s shelf, who apparently...

5:03 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

JulieAnn Rico typically spends her day navigating the legalities of operating one of the country’s largest school districts, but Monday morning she was surrounded by much smaller clients — kindergartners. Her cellphone was on lockdown and her work banter was about “Max” the elf on Ms. Troy’s shelf, who apparently...
UPDATE: School Board voting Wed. to redraw closing school’s boundaries
 UPDATED, Jan. 16:  The Palm Beach County School Board is expected on Wednesday evening to cast its final vote to redraw the boundaries for the 1,900 middle school students living in Odyssey Middle School’s attendance zone.  The school will close at the end of the year and students will be assigned to five nearby campuses....

12:52 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

UPDATED, Jan. 16:  The Palm Beach County School Board is expected on Wednesday evening to cast its final vote to redraw the boundaries for the 1,900 middle school students living in Odyssey Middle School’s attendance zone.  The school will close at the end of the year and students will be assigned to five nearby campuses....
Why teen English immigrant had to sit out of varsity soccer for a year
 After battling for more than a year to get the state’s high school athletic association to recognize his right to play varsity soccer, 17-year-old English immigrant Milan Mistry will finally take the field this week. Milan was benched in his junior year at American Heritage high school when the Florida High School Athletic...

10:05 AM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

After battling for more than a year to get the state’s high school athletic association to recognize his right to play varsity soccer, 17-year-old English immigrant Milan Mistry will finally take the field this week. Milan was benched in his junior year at American Heritage high school when the Florida High School Athletic...
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