We real estate agents cannot comment on neighborhoods to avoid or school districts to avoid, as answers to those questions by agents may potentially be a violation of the Fair Housing Laws in our country.
That being said, we can give you links to the Manatee county school system web site where you can find a wealth of information about the various school districts, FCAT scores and they also have a link where you can input an address in Manatee county and it will give you the 3 school districts for that address.
The school web site is: http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/
The FL Dept of Education has also ranked all of the schools in FL by a specific set of criteria, you can find the Manatee school rankings at the following link:
Regarding neighborhoods, if you can be more specific about what your family is searching for in the way of style of homes, number of bedrooms, pool or no pool, community amenities, deed restrictions or not and price range you're looking to stay within, agents who live and work in the area such as myself can assist you based on that criteria and assist you in finding some neighborhoods that fit your needs.
I am a 30 year resident of the Sarasota - Bradenton area and have lived in Manatee county for 8 years now, so I am well versed on the local neighborhoods and would be happy to answer questions you may have about neighborhoods and communities based on criteria other than your originally posted questions.
Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR
Realty Executives Solutions
cell: (941) 726-7109