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

School board OKs $372K marketing push to support proposed tax hike
 Palm Beach County public schools are preparing a big-ticket marketing push to educate voters about a proposed property tax increase on the ballot in November, one that would raise teacher salaries and provide extra school security. With three months until county residents vote on the proposal, school board members on Wednesday voted...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Palm Beach County public schools are preparing a big-ticket marketing push to educate voters about a proposed property tax increase on the ballot in November, one that would raise teacher salaries and provide extra school security. With three months until county residents vote on the proposal, school board members on Wednesday voted...
Let’s roll: First day of school in Palm Beach County begins
 The first day of the school year is well underway across Palm Beach County. While student drop-off lines linger on some of the district's more than 200 campuses, the traffic near schools appears to be thinning.  Certain schools saw longer backups than others. One such case: Malfunctioning traffic signals  at the entrance of Seminole...

Posted: 3 days ago

The first day of the school year is well underway across Palm Beach County. While student drop-off lines linger on some of the district's more than 200 campuses, the traffic near schools appears to be thinning.  Certain schools saw longer backups than others. One such case: Malfunctioning traffic signals  at the entrance of Seminole...
Six months after Parkland, students return to more fortified schools
 More armed officers. New fences and walls. Transparent backpacks. Student ID badges. Staggerd school dismissals. Many of Palm Beach County’s public schools will be more guarded and fortified than ever when classes begin on Monday, the result of months of changes to assuage parents’ fears and comply with new state requirements...

Posted: 5 days ago

More armed officers. New fences and walls. Transparent backpacks. Student ID badges. Staggerd school dismissals. Many of Palm Beach County’s public schools will be more guarded and fortified than ever when classes begin on Monday, the result of months of changes to assuage parents’ fears and comply with new state requirements...
School Board 7: Ferguson aims to unseat Robinson
 After 18 years on the Palm Beach County School Board, Debra L. Robinson is facing what could be the toughest re-election campaign of her career. A former activist, retired physician and the school board’s longest-serving member, Robinson is going head-to-head for the District 7 seat with Edwin Ferguson, a Riviera Beach attorney who...

Posted: 10 days ago

After 18 years on the Palm Beach County School Board, Debra L. Robinson is facing what could be the toughest re-election campaign of her career. A former activist, retired physician and the school board’s longest-serving member, Robinson is going head-to-head for the District 7 seat with Edwin Ferguson, a Riviera Beach attorney who...
Delray teacher loses license after graphic sex talk with 5th-graders
 A former teacher at Plumosa School of the Arts has been barred from teaching in Florida after state officials said he engaged his fifth-grade students last year in a graphic conversation about different kinds of sexual intercourse. Carlos Pena, a former Spanish teacher at Plumosa in Delray Beach, discussed with students anal and oral sex...

Posted: 14 days ago

A former teacher at Plumosa School of the Arts has been barred from teaching in Florida after state officials said he engaged his fifth-grade students last year in a graphic conversation about different kinds of sexual intercourse. Carlos Pena, a former Spanish teacher at Plumosa in Delray Beach, discussed with students anal and oral sex...
PBC schools chief calls for ‘immediate’ shutdown of Eagle Arts Academy
 Frustrated so far in their attempts to close Eagle Arts Academy, Palm Beach County public school leaders are going for the nuclear option: an immediate shutdown of the troubled Wellington charter school. Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy is proposing to close the school this week, arguing that its financial woes and evident lack of a campus...

Posted: 16 days ago

Frustrated so far in their attempts to close Eagle Arts Academy, Palm Beach County public school leaders are going for the nuclear option: an immediate shutdown of the troubled Wellington charter school. Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy is proposing to close the school this week, arguing that its financial woes and evident lack of a campus...
Lost Decade: How Palm Beach County public schools cut pay for veteran teachers
 Palm Beach County public schools cut the pay for veteran teachers by thousands of dollars over the past decade, relegating the county’s most experienced educators to lower salaries than their predecessors even as the cost of living climbed. A typical 20-year teacher in Palm Beach County earns $3,000 less today than a typical 20-year...

Posted: 20 days ago

Palm Beach County public schools cut the pay for veteran teachers by thousands of dollars over the past decade, relegating the county’s most experienced educators to lower salaries than their predecessors even as the cost of living climbed. A typical 20-year teacher in Palm Beach County earns $3,000 less today than a typical 20-year...
Boynton Beach High principal removed from school amid investigation
 Boynton Beach High School’s principal has been removed abruptly from the school after becoming the subject of a school district investigation. Principal Guarn Sims, a veteran educator who was appointed to lead the school last summer, was removed and temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation, less than three weeks...

Posted: 21 days ago

Boynton Beach High School’s principal has been removed abruptly from the school after becoming the subject of a school district investigation. Principal Guarn Sims, a veteran educator who was appointed to lead the school last summer, was removed and temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation, less than three weeks...
PBC school board puts property tax increase on November ballot
 Palm Beach County residents will vote in November on whether to raise property taxes to provide more money for teacher salaries and campus safety in the county’s public schools, school board members decided Wednesday. By a 7-0 vote, board members agreed to place a proposed tax hike on the Nov. 6 ballot that would raise school property...

Posted: 28 days ago

Palm Beach County residents will vote in November on whether to raise property taxes to provide more money for teacher salaries and campus safety in the county’s public schools, school board members decided Wednesday. By a 7-0 vote, board members agreed to place a proposed tax hike on the Nov. 6 ballot that would raise school property...
Did Eagle Arts director steal church camera? Feud leads to theft probe
 Eagle Arts Academy’s executive director became the target of a theft investigation Monday after authorities say he took video cameras belonging to a church that rents space on the campus, the latest flareup at the charter school as its future becomes increasingly uncertain. After church leaders reported at least one camera stolen...

Posted: 29 days ago

Eagle Arts Academy’s executive director became the target of a theft investigation Monday after authorities say he took video cameras belonging to a church that rents space on the campus, the latest flareup at the charter school as its future becomes increasingly uncertain. After church leaders reported at least one camera stolen...
Private polling boosted PBC schools’ push for a $150 million tax hike
 Palm Beach County public school leaders decided last month to press ahead with a proposed $150 million tax increase after a poll suggested strong support for the proposal among county voters, newly obtained polling records show. The private poll, which surveyed about 400 county voters in early May, found that 59 percent supported raising...

Posted: 30 days ago

Palm Beach County public school leaders decided last month to press ahead with a proposed $150 million tax increase after a poll suggested strong support for the proposal among county voters, newly obtained polling records show. The private poll, which surveyed about 400 county voters in early May, found that 59 percent supported raising...