CLASS SIZE: Though still small in overarching terms, Florida's class size violations increase in the fall 2018 student count — even as a growing number of districts take advantage of a loophole allowing them to use school-wide averages rather than class-by-class counts.
SCHOOL LUNCHES: The partial federal government shutdown is not yet affecting Florida students who receive free and reduced-price school meals, but officials have guaranteed the program only through February.
PRESIDENT SEARCH: The University of South Florida has received more than 30 applications for the school's president job.
PRINCIPAL SHIFTS: Hillsborough County's Smith Middle School prepares for a new leader. • Three Pasco County elementary schools will get new principals. • Two Marion County schools get new leaders as one principal wins promotion to the district office, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
TAKING OVER: Okaloosa County's newly appointed superintendent steps in, and says he wants to bring the district back together for students' sake, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TEACHER PAY: The Miami-Dade County School Board ratifies a new teacher contract that includes large annual supplements funded by a new voter-approved tax increase, WLRN reports.
ADMINISTRATOR PAY: Three Broward County school district administrators are poised to get raises to temporarily take on added duties for which two don't meet minimum requirements, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SECURITY: U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Pinellas County Republican, takes steps to make it easier for schools to hire resource officers, WFTS reports. • Lee County leaders debate the value of marking classroom corners that might be safe from shooters, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SCHOOL THREATS: The Lee County school district and Sheriff's Office launch a campaign to emphasize to parents and students that threatening a school — even if only a joke — carries legal consequences, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SCHOOL NAMES: The Lake County School Board approves a request to rename Clermont Middle, the Daily Commercial reports.
TURNAROUNDS: A struggling Volusia County elementary school sees improvements in student academic performance as disciplinary referrals decline, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TROUBLED CHARTER: Former teachers question the practices of a Duval County charter high school for teens at-risk of dropping out, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: Two St. Johns County teachers are fined and placed on probation over alcohol-related incidents with students, WJAX reports.
BAD ACTS: A St. Lucie County school custodian is arrested over accusations he inappropriately touched a student, TC Palm reports. • A Palm Beach County high school student is arrested after officers find a gun in his pants at school, the Palm Beach Post reports.