Palm Beach County Schools

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Three South Florida school districts earned “A” grades for the academic year that just ended.

The Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe county school districts all saw their grades increase from “B” to “A” for 2017-18. Broward County Public Schools kept its “B” from previous years. The Florida Department of Education released the newest ratings on Wednesday.

DATABASE: Check out the grades for all Florida schools

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More students locally and across Florida are passing state exams.

Statewide, students’ pass rates on the annual English and Math tests increased slightly from last year. But South Florida’s large school districts made bigger gains of 2 or 3 percent.

Palmbeachschools.org

Guests for Sundial Tuesday, May 1, 2018:

Dr. Donald Fennoy took over as the Palm Beach County School District's new superintendent this past March. He is the youngest superintendent in Palm Beach County history and is also the first African-American to hold the position. He joined the program to discuss teacher pay, school safety and his plans for the future of 11th largest school district in the country.

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Robert Avossa surprised the Palm Beach County School Board and the community early last month when he announced he would leave the helm of the school district after two and a half years for a new career in publishing.

Palm Beach County School District

Palm Beach County public schools will soon have a new leader from inhouse.

After three rounds of voting, school board members chose Donald Fennoy to be the district’s next superintendent.

Fennoy, 41, has been the district’s Chief Operating Officer since May 2016. He will be the first black superintendent of Palm Beach County schools.

“My role is to be a model for equity, to be a model for leading with dignity and respect, and also be a model for just listening,” Fennoy said.

Miami Herald

Guests for Sundial Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018:

Palm Beach Post reporter Andrew Marra discusses the resignation of Palm Beach County school district’s superintendent Robert Avossa, which was announced on Mon.

William Osceola is a teacher at the Miccosukee Indian School. He talks about his experience in traditional grade school, the lessons and values he teaches to his students and his approach to counter Native American stereotypes.

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The Broward County school district was passed over — again — for an extra $2,000 per student at three of its most struggling elementary schools.

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Nearly 10,000 students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have enrolled in Florida’s public schools since hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean.

Education leaders haven’t yet quantified the financial impact of absorbing them into schools. But it’ll likely take a combination of funding from the state and federal governments to cover the costs.

While visiting a Coconut Grove elementary school late last month, Gov. Rick Scott said the state has reserves that could be used to help.