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

The cost of a cop in every school could mean no raises for teachers
 Palm Beach County’s public school administrators are ruling out raises for teachers and other employees this year after state lawmakers required that nearly all new education money be spent on beefing up school security and mental health services. In an unusual move, leaders of the school district said this week that they could...

Posted: a day ago

Palm Beach County’s public school administrators are ruling out raises for teachers and other employees this year after state lawmakers required that nearly all new education money be spent on beefing up school security and mental health services. In an unusual move, leaders of the school district said this week that they could...
Why PBC’s school board is spending $15 million to aid a charter school
 Palm Beach County’s public schools went to court last year to try to avoid giving charter schools more construction and maintenance money. Now the school board is preparing to spend $15 million fixing up an old campus on a charter school’s behalf. After they shut down Odyssey Middle in June, board members plan to hand the keys...

Posted: 4 days ago

Palm Beach County’s public schools went to court last year to try to avoid giving charter schools more construction and maintenance money. Now the school board is preparing to spend $15 million fixing up an old campus on a charter school’s behalf. After they shut down Odyssey Middle in June, board members plan to hand the keys...
Despite worries, Eagle Arts teachers report receiving full paychecks
 Teachers and staff at Eagle Arts Academy reported receiving their full paychecks Friday after weeks of worries that the cash-strapped charter school wouldn’t be able to make payroll this week. Employees at the 425-student school had been working without pay for the past two weeks but received back pay on Wednesday and then their...

Posted: 8 days ago

Teachers and staff at Eagle Arts Academy reported receiving their full paychecks Friday after weeks of worries that the cash-strapped charter school wouldn’t be able to make payroll this week. Employees at the 425-student school had been working without pay for the past two weeks but received back pay on Wednesday and then their...
While struggling to pay staff, Eagle Arts pays its leader for its own name
 As Eagle Arts Academy stiffed its landlord and struggled to pay its teachers this year, the charter school managed to find cash to cover a more unusual arrangement – paying its own executive director for the right to use its name. Since June, the financially struggling Wellington charter school has paid at least $42,000 to director...

Posted: 8 days ago

As Eagle Arts Academy stiffed its landlord and struggled to pay its teachers this year, the charter school managed to find cash to cover a more unusual arrangement – paying its own executive director for the right to use its name. Since June, the financially struggling Wellington charter school has paid at least $42,000 to director...
After two weeks without pay, Eagle Arts teachers get their checks
 Eagle Arts Academy issued delayed paychecks to its teachers and staff Wednesday that the cash-strapped charter school had withheld for two weeks, soothing some teachers’ worries but stirring new questions about the school’s fate. The 425-student Wellington school was able to give teachers their back pay after receiving its monthly...

Posted: 10 days ago

Eagle Arts Academy issued delayed paychecks to its teachers and staff Wednesday that the cash-strapped charter school had withheld for two weeks, soothing some teachers’ worries but stirring new questions about the school’s fate. The 425-student Wellington school was able to give teachers their back pay after receiving its monthly...
School district considers replacing police chief
 Palm Beach County’s new schools superintendent is considering replacing School District Police Chief Lawrence Leon as the district expands its police force in the wake of the Parkland school shooting massacre. Superintendent Donald Fennoy told school board members in March 30 memo that he planned to restructure the chief’s position...

Posted: 11 days ago

Palm Beach County’s new schools superintendent is considering replacing School District Police Chief Lawrence Leon as the district expands its police force in the wake of the Parkland school shooting massacre. Superintendent Donald Fennoy told school board members in March 30 memo that he planned to restructure the chief’s position...
School safety efforts are underway but PBC leaders worry about resolve
 Palm Beach County is taking steps to protect its schools from the threat of a mass shooting, but the county’s top education and law enforcement leaders worried Friday that the political resolve to continue will weaken as the trauma of the Parkland school shooting fades. The county’s public schools are pouring millions of dollars...

Posted: 15 days ago

Palm Beach County is taking steps to protect its schools from the threat of a mass shooting, but the county’s top education and law enforcement leaders worried Friday that the political resolve to continue will weaken as the trauma of the Parkland school shooting fades. The county’s public schools are pouring millions of dollars...
No solution in sight for Eagle Arts teachers working without pay
 Eagle Arts Academy teachers who have been working without pay are expected to receive back-pay next week, but it could be another month before they get another full paycheck. Gregory Blount, executive director of the struggling Wellington charter school, told the school’s board of directors Thursday that the school’s monthly...

Posted: 16 days ago

Eagle Arts Academy teachers who have been working without pay are expected to receive back-pay next week, but it could be another month before they get another full paycheck. Gregory Blount, executive director of the struggling Wellington charter school, told the school’s board of directors Thursday that the school’s monthly...
Eagle Arts principals resign as charter school withholds teachers’ pay
 Eagle Arts Academy’s two principals resigned Monday and several teachers threatened to quit after the Wellington charter school withheld paychecks last week and the school revealed that employees will not be paid for at least another week. In a raucous board meeting on the school’s campus, Gregory Blount, the school’s executive...

Posted: 19 days ago

Eagle Arts Academy’s two principals resigned Monday and several teachers threatened to quit after the Wellington charter school withheld paychecks last week and the school revealed that employees will not be paid for at least another week. In a raucous board meeting on the school’s campus, Gregory Blount, the school’s executive...
School board inks deal with new schools chief, approves shakeup
 Praising outgoing Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa on his last day at the helm of the county’s public schools, Palm Beach County School Board members inked a deal with his replacement and signed off on a shakeup of the school district’s top ranks. By an unanimous vote, board members approved incoming Superintendent Donald...

12:24 AM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Praising outgoing Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa on his last day at the helm of the county’s public schools, Palm Beach County School Board members inked a deal with his replacement and signed off on a shakeup of the school district’s top ranks. By an unanimous vote, board members approved incoming Superintendent Donald...
School’s out for Election Day 2018 in Palm Beach County public schools
 Amid heightened concerns about school safety, Palm Beach County’s public schools will no longer hold classes on the day of Florida’ gubernatorial election, when voters head to dozens of campuses countywide to cast ballots. School board members on Wednesday approved a new calendar for the 2018-19 school year that makes Nov. 6,...

10:21 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Amid heightened concerns about school safety, Palm Beach County’s public schools will no longer hold classes on the day of Florida’ gubernatorial election, when voters head to dozens of campuses countywide to cast ballots. School board members on Wednesday approved a new calendar for the 2018-19 school year that makes Nov. 6,...