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5/29/19: Duval County Charter Schools Draw Concerns; Forcura; Going Green; Sinking Cities

Ryan Stanton

Duval County Public School Board members are expressing concerns that high-performing charter schools are drawing from the same pool of well-performing students who would attend public schools.

In order to become a high performing charter school, the school must receive two “A’s” in consecutive years or two “A’s” and nothing lower than a “B” in the last three years.

Four charter schools that were categroized as high-performing are: River City Science Academy, Duval Charter at Flagler, Seaside Community Charter and River City Science Academy Middle High.

The Florida Times-Union looked into the four top charter schools. Each of them had at least one public school within six miles that received an “A” in 2018.

Warren Jones, the board vice chairman of Duval County Public Schools, said that the reality is top performing schools likely draw from nearby schools that already score high grades.

Time-Union’s Education Reporter Emily Bloch joined WJCT’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Wednesday to talk more about debate over the performance of charter schools. Bloch's story is available on

First Coast Success: Forcura

A fast-growing local company has reached $10 million in sales. Forcura is a new software that is meant to change the way healthcare organizations manage their information.

On Wednesday’s First Coast Success,Karen Brune Mathis, Editor of the Jacksonville Daily Record,spoke with Craig Mandeville, Founder of Forcura.

Going Green

A local study looking at the impact of green investing is out. It is called the Green Transition Scorecard.

Hazel Henderson, President, Ethical Markets Media, gave us a look.

Sinking Cities: A Community Discussion

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Sinking Cities: A Community Discussion

On Tuesday, June 4, WJCT Studios will host a community discussion of the PBS Series Sinking Cities, the effects of sea level rise on the First Coast and how people across Northeast Florida are adapting to it. This event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required.

WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo joined us in Studio 5 with a preview. 

Madison Roberts can be reached at newsteam@wjct.orgor (904)358-6317.

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