COUNSELING: A student's suicide leads Florida Polytechnic University to debate whether it provides adequate counseling services for its student body. The school is already plagued by layoffs, depleted finances and sinking morale.
TEACHERS: The Escambia and Santa Rosa county school districts fire teachers over the summer for failing the state's certification exam, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • The Marion County school district has dozens of teacher vacancies as the new academic year begins, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
AMENDMENT 8: The Duval County School Board prepares to take a formal stand on the constitutional amendment, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SECURITY: Sumter County officials collaborate to ensure at least one resource officer in every public school, the Villages Daily Sun reports. • Lake County resource officers prepare to patrol elementary schools, the Daily Commercial reports. • The Broward County school district backtracks on plans to have all Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students go through metal detectors, the Miami Herald reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.
BRIGHT FUTURES: Students receiving Florida's Bright Futures Medallion scholarship will see their financial support rise, the News Service of Florida reports.
WATER TESTS: Drinking water at 13 Brevard County schools is deemed clear of chemicals and safe for students and staff, Space Coast Daily News reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: Clay County debuts its first new school in eight years, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Lake Wales charter school system and Polk County school district seek a solution that would allow more Lake Wales residents to attend the charters, the Ledger reports.
ONLINE TRACKING: The Palm Beach County school district introduces a new online system for parents to track their children's performance, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TURNAROUNDS: The St. Johns County school district devises improvement plans for its lowest performing schools, while officials note the schools' scores are only part of a larger picture, the St. Augustine Record reports.