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School District of Lee County Encouraging Thousands of Students to Return to In-Person Learning

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School Districts of Lee County

Roughly 70% of Lee Home Connect students — about 16,000 kids — are being encouraged to return to in-person learning for the second semester because they are not making adequate progress in their online classes. Lee Home Connect is the virtual model developed by the School District of Lee County in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We get details from the district’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Jeff Spiro, Candace Allevayto, Director of Secondary Curriculum which is High School; and Dr. Bethany Quisenberry, Director of Elementary Curriculum with the district.

And we’ll hear the first in a five-part series of stories by Florida Public Radio’s Lyn Hatter called “Committed: Florida’s Children Victims Of Dysfunctional Baker Act System” which explores what happens when kids get committed.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.