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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

06/09/15: McKinney Police Video; St. Augustine Music Festival; Combating 'Summer Slide'

A McKinney, Texas, police officer is on suspension after he was seen on video forcefully taking down a 14-year-old girl and unholstering his weapon on several of her friends in the wake of an altercation at a suburban pool party last week. The incident is the latest flashpoint in an ongoing debate in this country over police tactics and race relations. We discuss the incident with Jacksonville attorney Tad Delegal and Wells Todd of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition.

In this week's edition of our America's First City segment celebrating St. Augustine's 450th commemoration, we get a preview of the St. Augustine Music Festival later this month from composer Piotr Szewczyk and artistic director Jorge Pena. Szewczyk has been commissioned by the festival to compose a “St. Augustine Suite” for chamber orchestra to celebrate the city's history.

And Dana Edmonds, Director of the Tutoring Club of Jacksonville, joins us with tips for keeping students involved in active learning during the summer and fighting "summer slide." Students can lose an average of two months’ grade level equivalency in math computational skills without continued education during the summer months.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.