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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

12/02/15: Jacksonville Public Education Fund; Influence Magazine; Jennifer Swanson; HEAL Foundation

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  The Jacksonville Public Education Fund released its annual public education perceptions poll this week.

The results found that most Duval County residents support a small increase in taxes to support public education.

We discuss the numbers with JPEF President Trey Csar.

The latest issues of INFLUENCE Magazine includes a list of the 100 most influential people in Florida politics. Publisher Peter Schorsch joins us with more about the list, including who made the cut from Northeast Florida.

Jacksonville's Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of more than 20 nonfiction and fiction books for children. Her "How Things Work" series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. We speak with Swanson about her new book, "National Geographic Kids Brain Games: The Mind-Blowing Science of Your Amazing Brain."

And we learn how the HEAL Foundation's Project Chance program is using service dogs to calm children on the autism spectrum during stressful situations. Leslie Weed, Co-Founder of the HEAL Foundation, and BJ Szwedzinski, Executive Director of Project Chance, join us.

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