Sgt. John Luckett of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office holds up a sample of the uniforms to be worn by the new state-mandated security officers who will show up in many schools when classes begin in about two weeks. The officers will be one of the more obvious changes at Florida schools as the state moves to beef up security in the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland. "It's the new reality that we live in," said Pasco County sheriff's Lt. Troy Ferguson. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

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.

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