Duval County Public Schools

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we heard about an investigation into the Duval County Public Schools’ suspension statistics with Florida Times-Union reporter Denise Smith Amos (01:14).

Local author Michael Wiley told us about his new book “Monument Road” (29:42).        

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Courtney Lewis joined us to talk some of the upcoming concerts at the Times-Union Center (38:26).

On #GivingTuesday Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen joined us to talk about a new partnership with Southwest Airlines (46:00).    


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Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Ramon Day and Dr. Shyam Payani with Floridians Advocating for Insurance Reform, or FAIR. They want a Constitutional Amendment placed on the November 2020 ballot to implement a single-payer health system in Florida (01:08).       

We were told the results of a poll asking local residents their thoughts on the future of the St. Johns River with Dr. Quint White and Dr. Ray Oldakowski from Jacksonville University (29:22).

We heard about a move in the Duval County School District to get rid of traditional school lockers with district IT executive director Jim Culbert (36:56).  

Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council Executive Director Christina Parrish told us about this weekend’s Porchfest and Kerry Speckman previewed this month’s upcoming events (46:00).  

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry surprised a group of Duval County Lee High School leadership students with suite tickets to two Jaguars home games. The teens will go in two groups.

Monday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with local activist Nick Thompson about his My Neighbors Project (01:02).   

Ahead of a STEM field trip Wednesday we spoke with Karen Smittle, CH2M Florida Communications Manager, Jaynelle Pemberton, CH2M Engineer and Project Manager and Alex Blahakis, Career and Technical Education Director for Duval Public Schools. (29:45)  

Cole Pepper brought us the weekend’s sports news, including the Jaguars’ 27-0 win over the Colts. He also previewed Saturday’s Florida-Georgia game (37:45). 

California-based band Manhattan Murder Mystery performed live in-studio (45:57). 


Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from The Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor Charles Griggs (01:18).   

Reveal host and Jacksonville native Al Letson and Jacksonville Bar Association President Tad Delegal spoke about Al’s talk with the association regarding race relations and Letson’s appearance Saturday in the CoRK Arts District (33:30).

We heard a live in-studio performance by the Kristin Lee Duo (44:00).

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The Duval County Public School board decided on six priorities members want Northeast Florida lawmakers to fight for during the upcoming legislative session.

The board will now share the information with local lawmakers and the Florida School Boards Association.


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride told us about the Duval County School Board’s decision to join a lawsuit against the state over a new education law (01:06). The latest segment of “Moveable Feast” featured St. Augustine chef Sherry Stoppelbein (23:59), and Jacksonville attorney and former Secret Service agent Michael Stanski talked about the financial problems that agency is facing (34:06).  


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The Duval County School Board on Monday voted 4-to-2 to join at least 10 other Florida districts in suing to block a new state education law.


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As school starts this week in Duval County, more than 30 teachers are finding themselves reassigned to new jobs at the last minute — state’s orders.


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The fate of a Duval County high-school boys’ leadership course named “the EVAC Movement” is up in the air. The Lee High School class has received national recognition and praise from both the mayor and state attorney.

Now, a Facebook event is inviting the community to voice support for it at Tuesday’s School Board meeting after Lee High teacher Amy Donofrio last week announced in a Facebook post the class is “over.”


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This month a massive state education law went into effect. Its changes include little things like allowing students to bring sunscreen to school without a doctor’s note. They also include the controversial “Schools of Hope” provision, which speeds up low-performing school closures and financially incentivizes charter schools to open up nearby.


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable (01:16) included Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck, Tim Gibbons of the Jacksonville Business Journal, Charles Griggs with the Jacksonville Free Press and WJCT reporter/producer Lindsey Kilbride. Apex Theatre Studio Director Ian Mairs and cast member Robert Reid (37:16) joined the show to talk about the  production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged,” and band Crystal Garden featuring Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley (44:16) performed live in studio.     


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The Duval County School Board is asking city lawyers to explore a possible lawsuit against a controversial new state education law


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The Duval County School Board is considering suing over a new state law that many districts say unfairly favors charter schools. The board is set to discuss the possibility of legal action Wednesday morning.

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Duval County Public Schools interim Superintendent Patricia Willis is recommending the district create a charter school director position, one of more than 20 administration changes.


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