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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with climate scientist Dr. Peter Ward about an upcoming government report being prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Climate Assessment (01:08).

We discussed Teach for America and the issues surrounding education with Manager for Teacher Development John Grab and TFA alumni Lynette Jean (26:59) as Jacksonville commemorates the 10th anniversary of the organization.

ArtRepublic founder Jessica Santiago told us about some upcoming projects being planned for the area. (46:00). 

Teach For America

Teach For America is holding its national Educators Conference in Jacksonville this Thursday and Friday.

The organization works with communities to put recent college graduates into teaching positions at struggling schools in Duval County and across the country.

The focus of this year’s gathering is on helping students succeed in college and, later, in their chosen careers.

More than 800 Teach For America Educators are attending the conference at the Lexington Hotel on the Southbank.

Duval County Public Schools

Starting next school year, more than 300 new Teach for America teachers are headed to Duval County.

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A new proposal by Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti that would bring more than 300 new Teach for America recruits into the district over the next three years has been met with some resistance.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

A fund created last year to improve student achievement in Duval County is ready to start spending some of the millions of dollars raised so far. 

Gary Chartrand, local businessman and chairman of the Florida Board of Education, announced the creation of the Quality Education for All fund at the first Champions for Education Conference at TPC Sawgrass last year. 

He returned this year with an update.