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Standardized testing; Medicare Advantage; Black people leaving big cities; Monster Jam

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SB 1048 was unanimously approved this legislative session. This bill replaces standardized tests with a “computer-based coordinated screening and progress monitoring program.” The sponsor, Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, says the purpose of the test is to keep schools accountable for educating students.

Guest: Dr. Diana Greene, Duval County Public Schools superintendent.

Medicare Advantage

Over the next several months, some decisions will be made in Washington regarding senior health care plan options that could affect thousands of seniors here in Florida and the types of benefits available to them. Coverage, choice and affordability are all important components of health care for any age group, especially for many seniors who live on fixed incomes.

Guest: Kristine Grow, spokesperson for the Coalition for Medicare Choices, a coalition of more than 2 million seniors advocating for their health care.

Black people leaving big cities

New census data shows Jacksonville is among the top 5 cities for Black people to move to. This follows a trend of people of color leaving the nation’s largest cities in favor of mid-sized, more spread-out cities.

Guest: Cantrece Jones, president of the Acuity Design Group.

Monster Jam

Monster Jam drivers are world-class athletes who spend years developing their physical and mental stamina. They accomplish this through their ability to control 12,000-pound machines capable of high-speed stunts and astounding stage presence. This Saturday, drivers convene at TIAA Bank Field to show off their skills.

Guest: Ryan Anderson, driver and son of Monster Jam legend Dennis Anderson who originated Grave Digger.

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