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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Teacher Retention Research; Downtown Development Task Force; E-Scooters

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Duval County Public School Building

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has released new research on teacher retention in Duval County. 

Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune and Darryl Willie, Vice Chair of the Duval County School Board and former Executive Director of Teach for America in Jacksonville, joined us with more.

Downtown Development Task Force

Aundra Wallace, president of the JAXUSA Partnership, joined us with more about the Downtown development task force and his thoughts on the city's efforts to shut down a tent city of homeless residents in LaVilla.

E-Scooters

Jacksonville launched a one-year pilot program for e-scooters, e-bicycles and dockless bicycles last Thursday, starting with scooters. City Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber, who introduced the legislation for the pilot program, joined us with more details.

Women In Local Food

In honor of International Women’s Day, Edible Northeast Florida celebrates the vital role women play in sustaining the local food community. Lauren Titus, the magazine’s Editor, joined us with more. 

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Michael Gonzalez is joining WJCT News as a spring intern from Jacksonville University.