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.
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.