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Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.

Discipline of minority schoolchildren in FL and elsewhere can be discriminatory and disturbing

By: - July 30, 2021

In the fall of 2019, a little Black girl named Kaia Rolle was arrested at her Orlando school, allegedly for throwing a tantrum.  A police officer zip-tied her hands behind her back and placed her in the back of a police car for kicking a school staffer. Rolle was just 6 at the time, and […]

FL Ag Commissioner Fried uses her authority to tackle the COVID crisis, including getting info to the public

By: - July 28, 2021

After state health officials stopped providing daily COVID-19 reports, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried decided to fill the “COVID information-sharing void” through regular updates. Fried, an elected Cabinet official and a 2022 gubernatorial candidate, hopes to provide daily, “if not, almost daily,” COVID-19 updates to inform the public, she announced at a Wednesday press conference. […]

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Traditional public school educators left out from DeSantis roundtable on masks at schools

By: - July 27, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday afternoon held a roundtable discussion about masks at schools, but he didn’t invite or include traditional public school educators, even as the new public school year looms and families and educators face decisions on mask-wearing. In addition to health officials on the roundtable, the participants included two nontraditional public charter […]

5th grade public school teacher Sarah Painter is 2022 Teacher of the Year following tough COVID-19 school year

By: - July 26, 2021

“Find Joy.” That was the motto for 5th grade teacher Sarah Ann Painter and her students at Clearwater’s Eisenhower Elementary in Pinellas County, to help everyone get through a troublesome school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. She recalled that story in her acceptance speech at an Orlando gala announcing the 2022 Florida Teacher of the […]

The feds earmarked $15 billion for FL schools to help kids in the pandemic, but it’s largely an unused stockpile

By: - July 26, 2021

By the spring of 2020, reality was setting in that the COVID-19 pandemic would stick around for quite some time, and Florida’s school districts were confronting an unknown education world. Districts started talks about the next school year, considering mask mandates, staggered classroom schedules and other measures to bring struggling students up to par — […]

DeSantis: “Vaccines are saving lives;” fewer than half of Floridians fully vaccinated and cases are rising

By: - July 21, 2021

As Gov. Ron DeSantis touted the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines during a Wednesday news conference, fewer than half of Floridians have been fully vaccinated — problematic because cases are rising, spurred by more contagious variants. The governor was in St. Petersburg discussing red tide issues, but veered off topic when a reporter asked about the […]

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A conundrum: Two major health authorities differ on school masks

By: - July 19, 2021

What should schools do when two major health-related groups conflict on how to handle the face-mask issue as the new academic year looms and the COVID-19 pandemic continues? Districts in Florida and elsewhere will have to figure that out, because as of Sunday, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all school teachers, staff and […]

School gardens and nutrition education: Grants for FL schools to expand access to local produce

By: - July 15, 2021

Kids in Tampa will soon grow produce in a local garden, to distribute to their communities. Others will learn how to make healthy snacks at their local YMCA. Miami-Dade kids could soon serve as “community ambassadors” and lead workshops promoting the benefits of eating fresh produce. And up in Northeast Florida, Putnam County schools will […]

FL Board of Education approves new standards for certain subjects — including contentious civic standards

By: - July 14, 2021

Florida will have some new or revised standards for what students need to know, spanning subjects from substance use and abuse to character education, civics and the Holocaust. But the subject that garnered the most attention during the Florida State Board of Education meeting were the new civic standards. Board Member Ryan Petty said that […]

State Board of Education to vote on controversial civics standards; DeSantis earlier attended meeting

By: - July 14, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis showed up Wednesday at Florida’s State Board of Education meeting, which includes a vote over controversial civics standards. It’s unusual that DeSantis would be in person at the state board meeting, but there’s been controversy for weeks now about everything from a ban on Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, as […]

Florida needs more science teachers: Education agency shows shortfalls in three major science subjects

By: - July 13, 2021

School districts may struggle to find science teachers in the upcoming year, a Department of Education report shows. Three different science fields for K-12 education have been identified as areas of “critical teacher shortage” for the 2021-22 school year, the report says. That means Florida is in critical need of general science teachers, physical science […]

Boys are way behind girls when it comes to reading. Why is this happening and how can it be fixed?

By: - July 13, 2021

Florida boys do not read as well as girls. That’s what all sorts of data show. In 2019, for example, 4th and 8th grade girls alike scored 9 points higher than boys in Florida, according to a federal reading exam called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s report card. […]