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Sex Education in Duval County Public Schools; lawsuit challenges Florida’s new congressional map; 'Deborah Roberts: I’m' art exhibit; What’s good Wednesday

The Duval County School Board meets Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.
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The Duval County School Board meets Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

Duval County Public Schools planned to discuss sex education in the district’s curriculum on Monday; however, the curriculum under consideration doesn’t comply with state laws. The district pulled the discussion about reproductive health from its Monday night agenda.


 Lawsuit challenges Florida’s new congressional map

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Florida’s new congressional map have launched a statewide tour aimed at educating Black voters about changes to U.S. House district lines. The lawsuit argues the map violates the state constitution's Fair Districts Amendments. The new map was drafted by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office and passed into law by the Florida Legislature.

Guest: Mone' Holder, Florida Rising Senior Director.

'Deborah Roberts: I’m' 

The Cummer Museum has an exhibition of works including a mixed media collage that combines found images with paint to create portraits of Black children. Additional items on view are works from my Pluralism series, and a new audiovisual sculpture installation, "What If?" 


What’s good Wednesday

  • International Coastal Cleanup, the city of Jacksonvilleand Keep Jacksonville Beautiful will host a coastal cleanup Saturday morning. This regional effort is part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy and supported locally by Keep Jacksonville Beautiful.
  • WJCT and ADAPT FLORIDA are hosting “Resilience On Our Rivers” in WJCT Studios. This is an engaging conversation about the biggest threats facing the area’s rivers and what solutions can be implemented to mitigate them.
  • This Friday at the First Coast Tiger Bay Club, AG Gancarski takes guests on a tour of the swamp of Florida’s politics. Reservations are required for this event hosted by the River Club
  • Creator and host Darryl Owens joined us for a conversation about neurodivergent students. Recent studies have shown that equitable access to diagnosis means more people are diagnosed with neurodivergencies. In partnership with WUCF-TV, Beacon College is producing a full season of “A World of Difference.” The show will also be available nationwide on the PBS app. 
  • Johnnetta Betsch Cole will join other iconic women leaders this week when she receives the 2022 ATHENA International Global Award. Cole is among only 40 women who have received the award since it was first bestowed to NPR journalist Nina Totenberg in 1994. The 85-year-old Cole, the great-granddaughter of trailblazing North Florida businessman A.L. Lewis, will receive the award this week at the University of North Florida.
  • Sondie Frus joined us to discuss Quiltfest. Quiltfest is coming up at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. There are nearly 400 original quilts that will be on exhibit, including large bed quilts and small artist wall hangings. This event features the contemporary visions of modern-day quilters.
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Gary Autry is joining WJCT from Florida State College at Jacksonville as a production intern for the fall 2022 semester. A native of the First Coast, Gary is finishing his bachelor’s degree in communication and media this fall.