Corey for School District 7


Fighting for Inclusion, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Parental Support.


I am Corey Smith, and I am running to represent District 7 on the Palm Beach County School Board. They say our kids represent our future, but as my wife and I help our children navigate the Palm Beach County school system, I can’t help but reflect on my past. I remember my deep roots in this community and consider how my history has brought me to this point.
My family’s presence in Palm Beach County stretches back to at least the 1890s (pre-dating Palm Beach County’s foundation). I am a proud product of our terrific public school system. After attending North Shore High School, I was a member of Palm Beach Lakes High School’s inaugural graduating class. From there I attended and graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Political Science. My first professional job was here, at home, working as an educator with at-risk middle school students. From there I attended and graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law before returning home and beginning my career.
This is more than just a race for an open school board seat. For me, this is an opportunity to serve and shape a system that has continuously helped shape me. With two decades of experience as a criminal, civil, and education attorney, I am uniquely qualified to keep our school district moving in the right direction from day one. I know how to argue for my position, and I use that skill to protect our students and community. I have a proven track record of fighting and winning big battles:

As an assistant public defender...

I gained valuable trial experience (over 50 jury trials to verdict) while providing quality representation for the indigent.

As counsel for the school district...

I handled cases and helped develop policies on various issues such as students’ rights, charter school oversight, and student due process in expulsion cases.

As an elected official...

On the Thousand Oaks Community Development District Board of Directors, I focused on maintaining a balanced budget while keeping assessments low.

As a public servant,...

I served as a board member for Inlet Grove High School, working closely with educators, administrators, community members, and most importantly, our students.

Still, work remains to be done and my fight is far from over. By electing me to serve as your District 7 school board member, you are electing someone who will champion your causes and shake up the status quo. We are in a fight for our right to public education, and it is a fight I intend to win.

Core Commitments

Our students should have the resources they need to exit our schools ready to thrive in any environment.

Prioritize resources on the foundational learning skills in preK-3 including the expansion of the Riviera Beach and East Delray preK Collaboratives.

Make the school system more responsive to the needs and requests of parents to develop a true school & family partnership

Listen to and support all employees: teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodians, food service workers, and more. We do our best for students by doing right by our staff.

Work with mental health professionals, students, and families to connect and expand mental health services in schools.

Continue working with local business and industry leaders to build the school-to-workforce pipeline by forming and expanding partnerships to develop new technical and career programming, internships, pre-apprenticeship, and apprenticeship programs.

Student success is priority #1 and includes working together to provide students with relevant and engaging classroom experiences, a rigorous curriculum, and the support they need to “get it.”


...will fight against the banning of books and altering history

...will fight for equity for all of our children

...has been an education attorney for over 20 years, and served as Associate General Counsel for the PBC School District for 7 years

...delivered key wins on behalf of our students in my private practice

...has experience as a governing member of a District 7 school, providing oversight and guidance on the school budget while working with staff, parents and students to deliver an “A-rated” educational experience.

...serves on the PBC School District’s Academic Advisory Committee and Budget Advisory Committee prepared to hit the ground running because I am not new to this but I am true to this.

Still have questions?


Join the fight to continue the push for equity and representation in all Palm Beach County schools. With your help, I will ensure that the students, families, and the community receive the resources guaranteed to all.


“In terms of knowledge of the Palm Beach County School District and the issues affecting schoolchildren, Corey Smith is the most qualified, experienced and committed candidate in the District 7 School Board race. Smith is the far superior choice for voters in the Aug. 23 primary election.”

— Palm Beach Post

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