8/26/19: Students With Disabilities; Veterans On Gun Reform; 10th Anniversary; Cole Pepper

Aug 26, 2019

The Jacksonville City Council is set to vote Tuesday evening on whether to approve a half-cent sales tax referendum to shore up aging local school buildings.

Educators and activists have been speaking out for months now about the need for the money for schools. At the same time, charter school advocates have been pushing for a piece of the potential funding for their schools.

However the vote goes down, one issue that’s gotten lost in the debate is how school repair and construction will affect the many local kids with disabilities. Jacksonville Attorney Rebekah Hope represents families of children with disabilities and joined us to discuss that subject.

Veterans On Gun Control

A group of veterans and gun owners recently penned an op-ed in Newsweek about the gun reform movement.

One of them, Travis Akers, a veteran Naval Intelligence Officer, is from this area, and joined us to discuss it in more detail.

A photo from one of the early episodes of First Coast Connect.
Credit Melissa Ross/WJCT News

First Coast Connect's 10th Anniversary

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary here on the show all week long, we wanted to start the week with a look back at how it all began. WJCT Station Manager David Luckin joined us with more.

Cole Pepper

Cole Pepper joined us for a closer look on the final week of the Jaguars pre-season, and the start of the college and high school football seasons.

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Heather Schatz can be reached at hschatz@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.