river city science academy

River City Science Academy

Jacksonville will commend and celebrate talented young scientists from River City Science Academy (RCSA) at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Dave Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record (01:13).

We heard about this weekend’s STEM and Health Expo and River City Science Academy with coordinator Sarah Niss (46:00).

Akif Aydin and River City Science Academy

Akif Aydin, former president and director of the Istanbul Cultural Center of Jacksonville and one of the founders of Jacksonville’s River City Science Academy, joined us by phone to discuss the Fethullah Gulen movement, its influence on River City Science Academy, and his thoughts on the unsuccessful military takeover and the crackdown that’s jailed more than 7,000 political dissidents. 

Krisit O'Daniel

Two years ago, Jacksonville native Kristi O’Daniel sold her possessions, gave away her cat and bought a one-way ticket to Turkey.

The University of North Florida international relations alum was in search of adventure, but may have gotten more than she bargained for.

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The Duval County Public School Board may put the brakes on at least half a dozen charter schools proposed for next year.

Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti recommended that the board reject six out of the eight school applications submitted this month.


As many as 200 people are expected to gather at a Jacksonville Wendy’s Thursday to protest the fast food chain’s refusal to sign on to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food Program. Leading the rally will be high school students from the River City Science Academy.  

The Fair Food program is a partnership of farm workers, Florida tomato growers and nearly a dozen large food corporations, including McDonald’s, Walmart and Whole Foods.