SECURITY: School safety is on many minds as students across Florida prepare to return to classes in two weeks. A key task at hand is to make everyone feel secure without stoking a new round of fears. • New levels of security at Broward County schools will create some inconveniences, WLRN reports.
BUDGETS: Hernando County finance officials propose a budget they say is the district’s healthiest in years. • Pasco County school employees ask for raises as district leaders say they want to but can’t provide them. • The St. Johns County school district advances a conservative, “flat” budget, the St. Augustine Record reports. • The Leon County School Board includes employee raises in its 2018-19 budget proposal, the Tallahassee Democratreports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Two troubled Hillsborough County charter schools make adjustments to their operations to gain contract extensions. • Marion County’s superintendent again calls for the closure of the district’s only charter high school, which has received five consecutive D grades from the state, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Candidates for Pinellas County School Board offer ideas to improve neighborhood schools. • Volusia County School Board candidates draw limited but statewide contributions for their campaigns, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ATTENDANCE ZONES: The Pasco County School Board reviews and revises a draft proposal to toughen its student assignment policy.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Hernando County School Board sets a hearing date for ousted superintendent Lori Romano to make her case that she was fired without cause.
DRESS CODE: The Indian River County School Board halts implementation of new clothing rules amid complaints from parents, TC Palm reports.
TAXES: The Lake County school district launches a new web page to explain its property tax increase referendum, the Daily Commercial reports.
RACISM: Black students at an elite Miami-Dade County private school say they face racism without much school support, WLRN reports.
HIRING: Gulf County schools struggle to fill their remaining teacher vacancies, the Port St. Joe Star reports.
IN COURT: A former Sarasota County school administrator files a lawsuit against the district, alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination, the Herald-Tribune reports.