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Lawmakers Consider Decreasing FHSAA's Power To Regulate High School Sports


Florida Lawmakers are looking to change the rules for high school athletics, and the association that oversees high school sports is once again under scrutiny.

House Education committee members polled local school officials to get their take on the Florida High School Athletics Association. Committee Chairwoman Marlene O’Toole says she wants to make sure there’s a level playing field.

"I want kids to play sports," she says. "If I get the opportunity to move to a better zip code and it’s the middle the year, or before the end of a game, I should have the right to do that.”

The Association has been a legislative target in the past few years as lawmakers grapple with how to balance the rights of parents to transfer schools, while keeping students eligible to compete.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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