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First Coast Week in Review

Stacey Bennett

It’s the biggest stories of the week:

  • Duval County Public Schools finalizes the hiring of its new superintendent. He will assume an office shrouded in controversy and facing a community of parents upset over a proposal to shut down dozens of aging neighborhood schools.
  • Former Douglas Anderson High teacher Jeffrey Clayton, who pleaded guilty to inappropriate conduct with a student, will be sentenced Friday.
  • A federal judge decides that Jacksonville Wealth Builders LLC, one of the city’s largest landowners, must face trial over claims that algorithms in the company’s tenant screening software unfairly discriminated against Black rental applicants.
  • Oceanway residents lose a yearlong battle after the Jacksonville City Council determines that Chick-fil-A can open there. 


Then, we talk with a local filmmaker about his newest project, First Coast Cinema World, a Jacksonville Documentary, which explores Jacksonville’s rich film history from the silent film era to the modern indie boom.

Guest: Royce Freeman, independent filmmaker.

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Jamie Valet has covered local news and entertainment in Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia for over 25 years. One of her favorite roles was co-producing and booking guests for a live local talk show, "The Chat," which aired live weekdays on First Coast News. Jamie has a decade of experience working in corporate communications, most recently for IKEA U.S., where she was responsible for media relations, marketing, and external and internal communications in the Jacksonville market. She also has experience in the nonprofit sector, where she coordinated area events and managed multiple social media platforms. <br/><br/>