School Choice: Duval County's Druthers; Space Travel Coming Soon; & 'Rutherford Betrayed You' — #37

May 19, 2017

School choice is at the center of Florida's education debate.
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Governor Rick Scott is feeling the heat from school boards and superintendents across Florida to veto a massive package of education bills, which center around the issue of school choice. We’ll talk to folks on both sides of the debate. 

And, Duval County Schools has identified an interim superintendent even though it’s current superintendent hasn’t left just yet. We have the latest.

Then, we’ll visit one Jacksonville school teacher who, through sharing her love of reading with her students, is inspiring the next generation of literary artists. Also, a settlement is in sight after years of litigation in a housing discrimination against the city.

And finally, commercial space travel might soon be just an hour away for Jacksonville residents. But first, freshman Congressman John Rutherford is back in the spotlight. Find out why on Redux.

A billboard of freshman CongressmanJohn Rutherford in Jacksonville.
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'Rutherford Betrayed You': Congressman Pushes Back Against Critical Billboards

President Donald Trump signed a bill last month overturning a ban on internet providers’ selling customer’s browsing histories. Now, billboards are popping up around the country targeting members of Congress who voted for the measure. One of them is Jacksonville Republican John Rutherford.

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Duval School Board Chooses Patricia Willis As Interim Superintendent

The Duval County School Board unanimously voted Wednesday to hire Patricia Willis, who has a 35-year history with the district, as temporary superintendent.

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Launches From Georgia's Camden Spaceport Could Start In 2020

The latest player in the growing U.S. commercial space industry is in Camden County, Georgia, about an hour north of downtown Jacksonville.

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Duval Middle School Authors Promote Literacy To Younger Peers

At a time when literacy is one of the greatest challenges in Duval County public schools, middle-schoolers are creating their own literature to share with younger students.

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Jacksonville Nears Settlement In Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

A settlement between disability rights nonprofits, the Department of Justice and Jacksonville is well on its way to becoming law after passing its final City Council committee this Tuesday.

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Digital Content Editor Vince Kong can be reached at vkong@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter @teamvincek