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Florida education news: Reserves, state testing, school security and more

BALANCING ACT: Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins might hire an outside auditor to help him better understand the district budget.

TESTING: The Seminole School Board continues to explore options outside state testing, the Orlando Sentinel reports. * The Lake School Board votes to join Seminole's effort, the Daily Commercial reports.

SECURITY: The Manatee school district sticks with plans to have law enforcement officers in schools rather than a district security force, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CROWDING: Manatee county officials have limited ability to stop new construction even as schools grow over capacity, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

BUS RIDES: The Lake School Board restores courtesy busing for students living 1 mile from school, the Daily Commercial reports.

GROWTH: St. Johns schools see strong enrollment increases on their first day back, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Two lawmakers call for changes to charter school laws after the latest reports of wrongdoing in Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reports. * Eight new charter schools seek to open in Polk County, a year after seven tried and failed, the Ledger reports.

UNIFORMS: The Volusia School Board presses for district-wide student uniforms by 2016, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CLOSER LOOK: The Lee School Board decides to investigate the actions of its superintendent in handling a GED cheating report, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LEGAL FEES: A Manatee School Board member withdraws his request for reimbursement of attorney fees, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Broward district officials say they've improved upon criticisms made of the district special education program, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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