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

Use reserves to hire school cops? The district says it’s not so simple
 Everyone has ideas about how public schools should spend their money. Grand jurors are no exception. More police officers. Higher salaries. New police cars. Self-locking doors. More police dogs. More counselors. More psychologists. More training. Magnetized ID cards for every student. And impact-resistant glass in thousands of classroom doors...

Posted: 3 days ago

Everyone has ideas about how public schools should spend their money. Grand jurors are no exception. More police officers. Higher salaries. New police cars. Self-locking doors. More police dogs. More counselors. More psychologists. More training. Magnetized ID cards for every student. And impact-resistant glass in thousands of classroom doors...
“Understaffed, underfunded, underpaid”: Grand jury blasts school police
 A grand jury convened to investigate school security lambasted Palm Beach County’s public schools for investing too few resources in keeping students safe, admonishing the school district to either “adequately fund” its police department or let the sheriff’s office take control. In a critical report released Wednesday...

Posted: 4 days ago

A grand jury convened to investigate school security lambasted Palm Beach County’s public schools for investing too few resources in keeping students safe, admonishing the school district to either “adequately fund” its police department or let the sheriff’s office take control. In a critical report released Wednesday...
PBC public schools may share $150 million tax hike with charters
 Facing political pressure and a legal threat, Palm Beach County public school leaders are considering giving charter schools a slice of a $150-million-a-year property tax increase if it is approved by voters. After days of behind-the-scenes debate, school district officials this week quietly removed language that explicitly excluded...

Posted: 5 days ago

Facing political pressure and a legal threat, Palm Beach County public school leaders are considering giving charter schools a slice of a $150-million-a-year property tax increase if it is approved by voters. After days of behind-the-scenes debate, school district officials this week quietly removed language that explicitly excluded...
Armed security guards may patrol some PBC elementary schools after all
 Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy said he is considering using private security guards to safeguard some of the county’s elementary schools this year, a turnaround from earlier assurances that every school would be staffed by a law enforcement officer. The potential change of plan comes after Sheriff Ric Bradshaw...

Posted: 6 days ago

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy said he is considering using private security guards to safeguard some of the county’s elementary schools this year, a turnaround from earlier assurances that every school would be staffed by a law enforcement officer. The potential change of plan comes after Sheriff Ric Bradshaw...
Jupiter chief tapped to lead school district’s police department
 Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow has been selected as the Palm Beach County public schools’ next police chief, signaling a new direction for school police amid heightened angst about campus security. Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy’s decision this week to hire Kitzerow comes as the school district rushes to recruit officers...

Posted: 10 days ago

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow has been selected as the Palm Beach County public schools’ next police chief, signaling a new direction for school police amid heightened angst about campus security. Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy’s decision this week to hire Kitzerow comes as the school district rushes to recruit officers...
Should PBSO police the county’s schools? Here’s what you need to know
 Every few years, a debate reignites about whether Palm Beach County’s public schools should hand over control of their campus police force to the county sheriff’s office. Each time, the proposal is aborted by a lack of interest from the school board and superintendent, but somehow the matter is never quite settled. In the...

Posted: 10 days ago

Every few years, a debate reignites about whether Palm Beach County’s public schools should hand over control of their campus police force to the county sheriff’s office. Each time, the proposal is aborted by a lack of interest from the school board and superintendent, but somehow the matter is never quite settled. In the...
More PBC students passed Florida’s reading and math exams this year
 Palm Beach County public school students passed the state’s math and language-arts exams at higher rates this year, including the two exams required to graduate high school, newly released test scores show. The county’s improvements on the Florida Standards Assessments outpaced growth across the state overall, an encouraging sign...

Posted: 10 days ago

Palm Beach County public school students passed the state’s math and language-arts exams at higher rates this year, including the two exams required to graduate high school, newly released test scores show. The county’s improvements on the Florida Standards Assessments outpaced growth across the state overall, an encouraging sign...
PBC schools chief calls for $150 million hike in school property taxes
 Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy wants to ask voters to raise school property taxes by $150 million a year, a move that could generate an influx of cash for security, mental health services and higher teacher salaries in the county’s public schools. The high-stakes proposal, more than a year in the making...

Posted: 16 days ago

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy wants to ask voters to raise school property taxes by $150 million a year, a move that could generate an influx of cash for security, mental health services and higher teacher salaries in the county’s public schools. The high-stakes proposal, more than a year in the making...
School police should continue campus-safety efforts, report says
 On the heels of a report highlighting the potential benefits of letting the Palm Beach County sheriff police the county’s public schools, a new, rival report makes the case for leaving school-policing to the county school district. The new report, commissioned by the district, is the second in as many days to be released on the topic...

Posted: 17 days ago

On the heels of a report highlighting the potential benefits of letting the Palm Beach County sheriff police the county’s public schools, a new, rival report makes the case for leaving school-policing to the county school district. The new report, commissioned by the district, is the second in as many days to be released on the topic...
Eagle Arts charter school may reopen despite vote to close it
 It stiffed its landlord for months and withheld teachers’ paychecks for weeks, but Eagle Arts Academy managed to finish a turbulent school year without closing its doors. Now the controversial charter school may get the chance to open again in August, despite the Palm Beach County School Board’s vote to shut it down this summer...

Posted: 19 days ago

It stiffed its landlord for months and withheld teachers’ paychecks for weeks, but Eagle Arts Academy managed to finish a turbulent school year without closing its doors. Now the controversial charter school may get the chance to open again in August, despite the Palm Beach County School Board’s vote to shut it down this summer...
PBSO-school police merger? They can’t even agree on patrolling schools
 While a police think tank recommends considering a merger of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the school district’s police, the two sides say they are dubious about the idea and are having trouble even coming to terms on assuring an armed officer in every school. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw this week rejected the school district&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

While a police think tank recommends considering a merger of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the school district’s police, the two sides say they are dubious about the idea and are having trouble even coming to terms on assuring an armed officer in every school. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw this week rejected the school district&rsquo...