Education News; 5G Concerns; Low Vision Awarness Month; Tom Papa

Feb 19, 2020

On this episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross we discussed education news.

The city of Jacksonville is appealing a judge’s decision that said that the Duval County Public Schools Board can hire its own lawyer to fight for a half-cent sales tax, which is meant to improve school buildings. The city argues that the school board is encompassed by the city charter and therefore shouldn’t be suing the city.

A six-year old girl from Jacksonville was Baker Acted for two days, after being disruptive in class at Love Grove Elementary School. The child’s parents did not consent to the mental health hold. She has documented special needs. Reporter Emily Bloch from the Florida-Times Union joined us to discuss these two major education stories.

5G Concerns

All major U.S. carriers have launched some form of fifth generation cellular wireless, better known as 5G.  The technology means faster speeds and easier communication. Activist Raymur Rachels and attorney Scott Kennelly are part of the local group Stop5GJax. They joined us to discuss their concerns about how the service is being rolled out.

Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery and can seriously interfere with the ability to perform everyday activities. Dr. Katelyn W. Jordan, Low Vision Optometrist with Brooks Rehabilitation Center,  joined us with her patient, Brenda Meritt, withmore information.

Tom Papa

Tom Papa speaks onstage at Michael J. Fox Foundation's 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's' gala at The Waldorf Astoria on November 12, 2016 in New York City. Papa's new Netflix special 'You're Doing Great' is streaming on Netflix.
Credit Nicholas Hunt/MJF2016/Getty

Comedian Tom Papa will be at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Feb. 20, 2020. He spoke about the content of his show as well as his thoughts on Florida.

Sarah Glenn can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org, 904-358-6317.