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Palm Beach County High Schools Among Best in Nation, Magazine Says
Palm Beach County has some of the best high schools in the United States, according
to a national business magazine. The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area ranks third
among the 65 largest metropolitan areas in quality of schools, according to
a study by Expansion Management magazine.
The publication, which is mailed to about 45,000 corporate executives, targets
companies that are looking to relocate or expand their businesses.
The magazine's study examined such factors as scores on College Board
exams, graduation rates, teacher salaries, per pupil expenses and student-teacher
ratio. Only high school statistics were considered.
"People need to know that it's not just us saying we're good," School
District spokesman Nat Harrington said. "Others looking at us objectively
are saying we're efficient, and we build and run quality schools."
Mike Jones, president of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County says the
community needs to develop more pride in its public schools. “This is
wonderful news," he said.
The quality of schools is a major factor for companies deciding to locate,
said Bill King, editor of Expansion Management. "Companies are requiring
smarter workers. That's why education is so important," he said. "You
don't have the old man on the assembly line just turning widgets anymore. Even
in the most basic manufacturing job, employers are looking for people who are
smart enough to be trainable."
Geoff McKee, principal at Boca Raton High School, said he was surprised Palm
Beach County fared so well. "On a day-to-day basis, things seem difficult
for us," he said. "Teachers and administrators are battling inadequate
funding, and it's easy for us to think our hard work doesn't get recognized.
But I know we have quality schools, and people are moving here in near record
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