WHAT'S IN THE WATER? Hillsborough County school district officials discovered that several schools had high levels of lead in the drinking water. They didn't tell parents for more than a year.
NOT QUITE READY: A Pasco County charter school lacks several permits, and a certificate of occupancy, to begin classes in its new building on Aug. 13 as planned.
TEACHER TRANSFERS: Pasco County school district leaders say they don't plan to reassign teachers out of turnaround schools just because of low "value-added" scores, regardless of state rule.
SICK SCHOOL: Plant High School in Tampa suffers a lack of air conditioning and a mold infestation in its auditorium, which could force relocation of some classes.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Overviews of Pasco County School Board races in District 1, District 3 and District 5. • Parkland parents call for an overhaul of the Broward County School Board on election day, the Miami Herald reports. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio endorses one of the challengers in a Broward race, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Tampa Bay area schools prepare for the first day of classes with a variety of new initiatives, from later high school start times to new technical schools.
IN COURT: Lawyers for the plaintiff's in Florida's long-running education equity suit urge the Florida Supreme Court not to be fooled by the defendants' "illogical" arguments.
TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: Many of the private schools planning to accept Florida's new scholarship for students who claim they were bullied in school do not welcome LGBTQ students, the Huffington Post reports.
SECURITY: The Citrus County sheriff says all schools will have armed security on the first day of classes despite a contract dispute for the services, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • A state commission investigating school safety says campuses need more than one "feel good" officer for real security, TC Palm reports. • Lee County schools will have one secure point of entry for the new academic year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Brevard County's new schools superintendent discusses his plans and priorities, Florida Today reports. • Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie faces growing criticism in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Manatee County's interim superintendent says she has no plan to head to Duval County with her former boss, the Herald-Tribune reports.
COLLEGE COSTS: A push to provide free tuition for Florida students continues to mount, Florida Phoenix reports.
CLOSER LOOK: State officials plan to investigate a Manatee County schools software deal that has landed the district deputy superintendent in hot water as its costs and scope grew, the Herald-Tribune reports.