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10/9/19: Teacher Pay Hike; Mental Health First Aid; Tracking Hispanic Business

Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Middleburg High School Monday to announce a plan to increase the mimimum teacher salary in Florida.

Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing a pay raise for Florida teachers. He is urging Florida lawmakers to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers to $47,500.

Joining the conversation about the proposal on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross on Wednesday was Terrie Brady of Duval Teachers United and Fedrick Ingram of the Florida Education Association.

Mental Health First Aid

It’s a first-of-its-kind campaign in which a coalition of local hospitals is bringing free mental health training to our area. 

We spoke with Dr. Ellen Williams, Clinical Psychology at Ascension St. Vincent’s, Willie Roberts, facilitator at Ascension St. Vincent’s and Ann-Marie Knight, partnership member with UF Health.

First Coast Hispanic Chamber
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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month

Our area is seeing rapid growth in its Hispanic population.  Tracking the growth of that business space is the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We checked in with Monica Hernandez of the First Coast Hispanic Chamber.

Michelle Corum can be reached at, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.

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Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.