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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: 25 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...
Photos: National School Walkout Day in Palm Beach County
Students at Suncoast remembered each Stoneman Douglas victim by placing a desk in the courtyard with the person's photo and short biography. (Sonja Isger / The Palm Beach Post)

6:25 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Students at Suncoast remembered each Stoneman Douglas victim by placing a desk in the courtyard with the person's photo and short biography. (Sonja Isger / The Palm Beach Post)
#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...
Student walkout planned for 10 a.m. today
 Across Palm Beach County students are preparing to answer the national call to walk out of class Wednesday at 10 a.m. and have their voices heard on the one month anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. What those walkouts look like is expected to vary widely across the country with some superintendents...

11:48 AM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Across Palm Beach County students are preparing to answer the national call to walk out of class Wednesday at 10 a.m. and have their voices heard on the one month anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. What those walkouts look like is expected to vary widely across the country with some superintendents...
Jack Carpenter, Lantana Historical Society founder, dies at 86
 The founder of Lantana’s historical society and a former town councilman, Jack Carpenter, has died, leaving a legacy that includes the preservation of an 1800s cemetery and a 1920s school house. At age 86, his death still came too early by at least two chapters, said his longtime partner in preservation, Rosemary Mouring, the current...

10:32 PM Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

The founder of Lantana’s historical society and a former town councilman, Jack Carpenter, has died, leaving a legacy that includes the preservation of an 1800s cemetery and a 1920s school house. At age 86, his death still came too early by at least two chapters, said his longtime partner in preservation, Rosemary Mouring, the current...
Man arrested after shooting wife, killing man in West Palm, police say
 A 35-year-old man is in jail after police say he shot his wife and another man as they sat in a parked car Saturday night in West Palm Beach. Though the woman survived, the man did not, leaving Robert Finney facing charges of murder and attempted murder, West Palm Beach Police reported Sunday morning. Roqueria Mills and Robert Anthony III...

2:12 PM Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

A 35-year-old man is in jail after police say he shot his wife and another man as they sat in a parked car Saturday night in West Palm Beach. Though the woman survived, the man did not, leaving Robert Finney facing charges of murder and attempted murder, West Palm Beach Police reported Sunday morning. Roqueria Mills and Robert Anthony III...
Severe storms expected Monday ahead of week-long cold spell
 The weekend comes to an end with sunshine Sunday morning and a growing chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs are headed for the upper 70s across Palm Beach County. But the warm weather isn’t expected to last. A cold front is headed our way and ahead of it on Monday we could see severe storms that pack heavy winds, lightning and perhaps...

1:29 PM Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

The weekend comes to an end with sunshine Sunday morning and a growing chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs are headed for the upper 70s across Palm Beach County. But the warm weather isn’t expected to last. A cold front is headed our way and ahead of it on Monday we could see severe storms that pack heavy winds, lightning and perhaps...
School officials scurry with thousands of angry kids on the march
 A principal’s very worst nightmare involves a shooter on campus – something that Palm Beach County schools are supposed to plan and drill for. The scenario not in the playbook: The moment when thousands of students head en masse for the gates to take their protest of shootings to the streets. Students at more than a dozen Palm...

3:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

A principal’s very worst nightmare involves a shooter on campus – something that Palm Beach County schools are supposed to plan and drill for. The scenario not in the playbook: The moment when thousands of students head en masse for the gates to take their protest of shootings to the streets. Students at more than a dozen Palm...
Wellington student who fought state to play soccer finds victory
 A student who nearly missed playing soccer on his varsity high school team because of an dispute over his immigration status, is celebrating for the second time this school year. Not only did the door open in December for him to play, but this week his team, American Heritage of Delray, won the Class 2A state title. Milan Mistry, an English...

10:20 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

A student who nearly missed playing soccer on his varsity high school team because of an dispute over his immigration status, is celebrating for the second time this school year. Not only did the door open in December for him to play, but this week his team, American Heritage of Delray, won the Class 2A state title. Milan Mistry, an English...
PBC school board, parents, students talk about safety after Parkland shooting
 The Palm Beach County School Board meeting Wednesday night was punctuated with praise for student activism and calls for better school security from some two dozen parents and students. It was the first public meeting of the board since the shootings in Parkland exactly a week earlier. The days since have been a flurry of campus activity...

10:00 PM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

The Palm Beach County School Board meeting Wednesday night was punctuated with praise for student activism and calls for better school security from some two dozen parents and students. It was the first public meeting of the board since the shootings in Parkland exactly a week earlier. The days since have been a flurry of campus activity...
NEW: School board announces PBC Teacher of the Year


Palm Beach County’s teacher of the year toils in a room at the top of several flights of stairs, under a vaulted pecky cypress ceiling and surrounded by (life-sized cut-outs of) Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore and Dobby the house elf. Sarah Ray doesn’t teach magic, instead she magically makes meaning of AP Human Geography, Honors...

8:47 PM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Palm Beach County’s teacher of the year toils in a room at the top of several flights of stairs, under a vaulted pecky cypress ceiling and surrounded by (life-sized cut-outs of) Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore and Dobby the house elf. Sarah Ray doesn’t teach magic, instead she magically makes meaning of AP Human Geography, Honors...
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