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Mask mandates in our schools; Anita Hill; school-to-prison pipeline legislation; A Taste of the Philippines

Bob Self
The Florida Times-Union

The COVID-19 mask debate in Florida schools continues as Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran threatened to dock Duval schools more money to balance out federal government assistance.

Corcoran issued memos on Tuesday to Florida’s Board of Education requesting that the state hold back both school board member salaries and funds equal to the federal grants aimed at covering those losses. Eleven schools districts are implicated including Duval. The state board meets on this today.

Guest: Claire Heddles — WJCT reporter.

Anita Hill

Thirty years ago, Anita Hill inspired women to come forward against perpetrators of harassment and gender violence in the workplace. She faced down an all-male, all-white Senate Judiciary Committee, led by then-Sen. Joe Biden, and alleged that her boss, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sexually harassed her. Hill joined us to discuss her advocacy as well as her new “BELIEVING: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence.

Guest: Anita Hill — former attorney adviser to Clarence Thomas, author and college professor at Brandeis University.

School-to-prison pipeline

This upcoming state legislative session will introduce a series of bills in hopes of expunging the nonjudicial arrest records of children who successfully completed diversion programs.

Guest: Carrie Boyd — policy director for the SPLC Action Fund.

A taste of the Philippines on The First Coast

Jacksonville has one of the largest Filipino communities in the U.S. Tonight, the Museum of Science and History is hosting a special event in partnership with Jax Filipino chefs and Edible Northeast FL, where you can learn more about the community and even try some food.

Guest: Agnes Lopez — commercial photographer.

Patrick Cantin can be reached at or on Twitter.

Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.