An article by the investigative news site Reveal opens with the case of a Lakeland day care operator who rebranded her facility as a religious provider after the center’s state license was revoked. The article focuses on a two-tier system that lets religious schools choose their inspecting agency, sometimes resulting in conflicts of interest and uneven enforcement.


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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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