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12/10/15: Sex Education; 'Black Wings' Exhibit; Frank Sinatra At 100; Kerry Speckman

A Jacksonville lawmaker wants to overhaul Florida’s sex-education system to shift the focus away from abstinence. Rep. Reggie Fullwood (D-Jacksonville) says giving kids knowledge about STDs can help lower infection rates among young people.

A just-released report from the CDC shows most school districts are not adequately preparing young people to make informed choices about sex.

Fullwood’s proposal would have schools teach about the effectiveness of all types of contraception, not just abstinence. Current state law says kids should be taught waiting until marriage is the accepted standard. The law also says teachers should highlight the benefits of heterosexual marriage.

Fullwood’s bill is sponsored in the Senate by Dwight Bullard (D-Miami).

Rep. Reggie Fullwood joins us to discuss the bill.

The Smithsonian exhibition "Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight" is currently on display at Jacksonville's Ritz Theatre & Museum. The exhibit chronicles African Americas who helped pioneer the world of aviation. We speak with AdonnicaToler, Museum Administator, and Katherine Surcey, whose father was a Tuskegee Airman.

This weekend marks what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday. WJCT is celebrating the occasional with special programming Sunday night on 89.9 FM and Relax Radio, WJCT HD 3. Music Director David Luckin joins us with a preview of "Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air."

And contributor Kerry "The Specktator" Speckman drops by with a  look at this weekend's events.

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