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Classroom libraries targeted; real estate trends; City Council candidate Jimmy Peluso; ‘What’s Good Wednesday’

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Caution tape on a classroom library in Duval County.

Florida teachers, including those in Duval County, are being told to make their classroom libraries inaccessible to students and remove all “unvetted” books or face felony prosecution. Students are also being told not to bring in “unvetted” books from home.

The policy is based on the premise that teachers and librarians are using books to “groom” students or indoctrinate them.

Details of the policy were first shared with principals last week. Now schools throughout the state are in the process of filling teachers and other staff in on the changes.

Guest: Journalist Judd Legum of Popular Information.

Florida's real estate trends

The Urban Land Institute has released a new report highlighting the trends shaping the real estate industry. What does that mean for Florida?

Guests:

  • Patrick Krechowski, partner at Balch and Bingham and chair of the North Florida District Council for the Urban Land Institute.
  • Billy Zeits, vice president of government affairs with the Corner Lot Development Group.

City Council candidate Jimmy Peluso

Newly drawn political districts offer opportunities for political newcomers.

District 7, for example, which encompasses Springfield and parts of northern Jacksonville, now extends from Springfield to Ortega and includes most of the Urban Core.

The current District 7 council member, Reggie Gaffney Jr., lives in the newly drawn District 8, leaving the District 7 seat open. One of the candidates running for that seat is Democrat Jimmy Peluso.

Guest: Jimmy Peluso, candidate for City Council District 7.

‘What’s Good Wednesday’

"Jurassic World Live Tour," a family entertainment experience that brings "Jurassic World" to life, is coming to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville from Jan. 27-29.

Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience are coming to the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville on Jan. 26.

Guests:

  • Charles Clark, "Jurassic World Live Tour" performer.
  • Terrance Simien, Grammy award-winning musician.
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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.