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Diana Greene's resignation; risk to historic buildings; STEM; What's Good Wednesday

 Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene.
Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene.

Duval County Schools Superintendent Diana Greene has decided to retire effective July 24.

Her resignation follows weeks of turmoil at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, where a number of teachers have been accused of misconduct.

School Board members voted 4-3 on Tuesday to accept Greene's resignation.

Will Brown of Jacksonville today joined us with the latest.

Risk to historic buildings

May is National Historic Preservation Month. That’s why some find it deeply ironic that a bill is moving in Tallahassee that would make it easier for developers to destroy historic buildings in Florida.

Concerns are growing that the legislation could endanger everything from structures in historic St. Augustine to the Art Deco masterpieces in South Beach.

The bill sponsors say they are simply trying to guarantee the flexibility of coastal communities and permit more established structures to be supplanted with new, "safe" structures.

We talked more about this bill with Mike Field from our partners over at The Jaxson to learn more.


Florida's dynamic and diverse economy is delivering new positions in science, innovation, designing and math-related fields at a quick speed.

Rachel Kerestes, executive director of Science is US, joined us to talk more about careers in STEM.

What’s Good Wednesday

We took a mid-week look at all the good news around the First Coast.

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Kathy Waterman is a senior at the University of North Florida. She is majoring in multimedia journalism. Her love for engaging with those around her community is what drove her passion to become a journalist. Outside the classroom, she loves to create content for her online blog. For her career, she hopes to be a news anchor or host her own radio or TV show.