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Kernan Middle School

The Duval County School Board’s decision this week to suspend a Kernan Middle School teacher accused of using a racial slur in his classroom has drawn the ire of the local NAACP as the case has attracted national media attention.

Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth, Financial News and Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews (01:09).

We spoke with Albert Syles, President of Romanza, on St. Augustine’s history around St. Patrick’s Day and Bolshoi Ballet Academy Director Davis Robertson, who is in town for a show Saturday night (46:00).

Friday on “First Coast Connect,” guest host Ryan Benk led our weekly Media Roundtable with panelists Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons (01:07). We spoke with K9s United Executive Director Eric Heineman about his organization and how the upcoming Spanish Wine Festival in St. Augustine (39:51) will benefit it, and Jacksonville musician Jenni Reid performed live in Studio 5 (48:36).     

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our Media Roundtable featured Andrew Pantazi from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT Business Analyst John Burr (01:24). We were also joined by Martha Mickler, Margo Pope and Judy Riggle (41:24)  to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine. 

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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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Duval Schools could invest more in professional development for teachers while putting less money into the district’s emergency fund. These are among the possibilities, as Florida public schools face uncertainty over how much state funding they’ll have for the next school year.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed if Governor Rick Scott should veto the school funding bill HB 7069 with Duval County School Board member Becki Crouch and Lynn Norman-Teck (01:21), executive director of the Florida Charter School Alliance. We heard about the increased dangers of Lyme disease in Florida with Kerry Clark, professor of epidemiology and environmental health at the University of North Florida and Dr. Shirley Hartman (29:58 ), a local clinician specializing in lyme disease. Christina Parrish with the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council joined Kerry Speckman (45:15) to talk about some of the big events this weekend. 

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The Duval County School Board on Monday narrowed down its choice for interim superintendent to three candidates from a pool of seven.

Board members will interview the three at the meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Monday on “First Coast Connect" we talked about education with Duval County School Board member 

Becki Couch and Jacksonville Public Education Fund executive director Trey Csar. We heard about telemedicine with Triage Logic CEO Charu Raheja. Cole Pepper reviewed the Jaguars selections in the NFL draft, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Piotr Szewczyk talked about an upcoming free concert during Wednesday’s Artwalk.  

Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times Union reporter Dan Scanlan, WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT Business Analyst John Burr. We also spoke with local author Steve Berry about his latest thriller “The Lost Order” and we heard a live in-studio performance from Miami-based band Sofilla.  

Our weekly Media Roundtable included Tessa Duval, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; Tim Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal; Claire Goforth, editor of Folio Weekly, and WJCT reporters Lindsey Kilbride and Ryan Benk. Host Melissa Ross also spoke with humor essayist Dave Barry about his latest book, “Best. State. Ever,” and singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter about her latest album and concert next week at the Florida Theatre. 

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Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT and the podcast of the First Coast. 

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The Duval County School Board held its first public hearing on a proposed budget for the  upcoming school year Thursday night. 

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The Duval School District may begin offering support for students who leave high school with a completion certificate instead of a diploma, because walking away with a certificate doesn’t leave students with many options.

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The last day for Duval County School Board candidates to qualify for the ballot is Friday.

With four seats up for grabs, three candidates have raised substantially more money than the 11 others.