Florida High School Athletics Association

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Florida’s students can now attend any public school in the state, as long as there is room. And high school athletes now have greater freedom to switch schools as well.  These are just two of a series of new education laws approved by Governor Rick Scott.


A massive education bill is a step closer to Governor Rick Scott's desk. It changes everything from the way charter schools get construction dollars, to allowing school board members to join different organizations.

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The Florida High School Athletics Association could lose some of its power when it comes to high school sports. After years of attempts, the Florida legislature is poised to make big changes.


The Florida High School Athletics Association continues to draw scrutiny from some lawmakers. Now they’re gearing up to water down the association’s powers.


After years of nibbling around the edges, Florida lawmakers are out to de-fang the state’s powerful high school athletics association.  The association has been a target for detractors who say its too rigid.


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.”

Florida lawmakers are paying a lot of attention to high school sports this year. A proposal overhauling the organization that regulates the athletes eligibility is now moving in the Senate, after being delayed several weeks. Groups opposed to the bill say it opens the door for cheating and aggressive recruiting—something frowned upon in high school sports, but supporters say the Florida High School Athletics Association has grown too big for its britches, and needs some limits to its power.

Governor Rick Scott has yet to act on a bill that would shrink the Florida High School Athletics Association’s power to levy fines. Lynn Hatter reports the proposal diminishes the association’s ability to monitor illegal student athlete transfers, and the School Board Association is calling on the Governor to veto the bill.

A bill that would punish coaches for “unethical recruiting” of student athletes has narrowly passed out of the Senate and is making its way to Governor Rick Scott. As Sascha Cordner reports, critics say the bill will unfairly impact the way the Florida High School Athletic Association currently governs that type of situation.

Republican Senator Stephen Wise says he just wants to make sure that high school athletes who transfer schools do not get penalized unfairly, just because they’re suspected of transferring schools due to the recruitment of a coach.

A proposed rewrite of Florida’s high school athletics rules has come under fire from a coalition of groups that say the move is retaliation by a small group of sore losers. Lynn Hatter reports critics of the legislation say it will make it easier to illegally recruit athletes.