Sonja Isger

Sonja has worked as a reporter at The Palm Beach Post for 20 years, covering everything from K-12 education to homelessness and hunger. For the last two years, she has been the paper's early morning reporter, writing and posting all the news that has happened overnight. She also picks up stories on a variety of topics, including crime and health.

Latest from Sonja Isger

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: 12 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...
Record PBC graduation rate could tumble with test changes
 The state is poised to make it harder for students who fail the state’s graduation exams to use their scores on other tests instead – tests that include the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. The board of education wants to raise the required scores on those alternative tests. But that second route to a diploma was key to success...

Posted: 17 days ago

The state is poised to make it harder for students who fail the state’s graduation exams to use their scores on other tests instead – tests that include the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. The board of education wants to raise the required scores on those alternative tests. But that second route to a diploma was key to success...
71 PBC schools accepting open-enrollment students next year
 Parents seeking to enroll their children in a school other than the one they are assigned to by boundary can look this month to 71 elementary, middle and high schools in Palm Beach County with room to spare.  Because they are not full, these schools are required by the state’s open-enrollment policy, now in its second year, to...

Posted: 20 days ago

Parents seeking to enroll their children in a school other than the one they are assigned to by boundary can look this month to 71 elementary, middle and high schools in Palm Beach County with room to spare.  Because they are not full, these schools are required by the state’s open-enrollment policy, now in its second year, to...
In wake of Parkland, school district fixes class doors that won’t lock
 The matter of classroom doors at nine schools that could not be locked even in the event of a campus intruder has been resolved — at least 18 years after teachers first complained and at a fraction of the cost. What Palm Beach County School District administrators once declared too expensive at $40,000 per door, rung in at under $4...

Posted: 24 days ago

The matter of classroom doors at nine schools that could not be locked even in the event of a campus intruder has been resolved — at least 18 years after teachers first complained and at a fraction of the cost. What Palm Beach County School District administrators once declared too expensive at $40,000 per door, rung in at under $4...
Who’s in? School lottery results today; 22,000 students applied 
 The school district’s golden tickets will be going out in the email at 4 p.m. today. About 12,000 seats are open in the district’s ‘s 310 choice programs, but more than 22,000 students applied. The seats are assigned by lottery - though at some schools students had to first pass auditions. If parents completed an application...

Posted: 24 days ago

The school district’s golden tickets will be going out in the email at 4 p.m. today. About 12,000 seats are open in the district’s ‘s 310 choice programs, but more than 22,000 students applied. The seats are assigned by lottery - though at some schools students had to first pass auditions. If parents completed an application...
Is your school covered? New law hands PBC schools $6M for officers
 When the state doles out $97.5 million to hire more school police officers this summer, Palm Beach County School District officials expect to get enough to add 75 officers to its ranks of more than 160 – enough to cover all of its campuses from Boca Raton to Jupiter and west to the Glades as required by a new state law. Until those...

Posted: 27 days ago

When the state doles out $97.5 million to hire more school police officers this summer, Palm Beach County School District officials expect to get enough to add 75 officers to its ranks of more than 160 – enough to cover all of its campuses from Boca Raton to Jupiter and west to the Glades as required by a new state law. Until those...
March for Our Lives in Palm Beach County tops 10,000; Boca leads list
 In all, more than 10,000 people turned out to March for Our Lives events Saturday across Palm Beach County, a number that well exceeded projections on a day that drew hundreds of thousands to similar marches worldwide. Boca Raton, one of the first marches of the day, drew the largest crowd in the county with about 5,000 filling the Mizner...

Posted: 27 days ago

In all, more than 10,000 people turned out to March for Our Lives events Saturday across Palm Beach County, a number that well exceeded projections on a day that drew hundreds of thousands to similar marches worldwide. Boca Raton, one of the first marches of the day, drew the largest crowd in the county with about 5,000 filling the Mizner...
West Palm, Boca, Delray marches draw thousands from grandparents to toddlers
 Update Monday: This story contains updated crowd estimates from Boca Raton and Delray Beach.  Original post: The President didn’t stop for a chat — or even drive by. The one shuttle bus and several vans hired to ferry protesters couldn’t keep up with the torrent of riders. And the public address system — a bullhorn...

Posted: 29 days ago

Update Monday: This story contains updated crowd estimates from Boca Raton and Delray Beach.  Original post: The President didn’t stop for a chat — or even drive by. The one shuttle bus and several vans hired to ferry protesters couldn’t keep up with the torrent of riders. And the public address system — a bullhorn...
Thousands of students demonstrate during day of gun violence protest
 Seventeen empty chairs represented the students and staff killed in Florida’s deadliest school shooting, but a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student told his peers in Palm Beach County Wednesday there was one tragic scene they could prevent: empty voting booths. “On Feb. 14 the actions of one person changed my life forever...

10:24 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Seventeen empty chairs represented the students and staff killed in Florida’s deadliest school shooting, but a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student told his peers in Palm Beach County Wednesday there was one tragic scene they could prevent: empty voting booths. “On Feb. 14 the actions of one person changed my life forever...
#National Walkout Day: Local students rally today on anniversary of Parkland shooting
 Thousands of Palm Beach County students are expected to take part in national walk-out day today, the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. They have planned speeches in school courtyards, drives to register fellow student voters and petitions to convince lawmakers to act on laws they believe will help...

4:21 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Thousands of Palm Beach County students are expected to take part in national walk-out day today, the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. They have planned speeches in school courtyards, drives to register fellow student voters and petitions to convince lawmakers to act on laws they believe will help...