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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.

Ms. DeSantis on her diagnosis: ‘Something was telling me that something wasn’t right’

By: - December 8, 2021

Since the announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis in early October, First Lady Casey DeSantis has been reserved about sharing details of her personal medical condition. But Tuesday, she told the story of how she learned of her diagnosis, shedding light on her experience and urging Floridians to get cancer screenings for early diagnosis. “I […]

Voters approved nonpartisan school boards some 20 years ago, but GOP lawmakers want that to change

By: - December 7, 2021

Florida’s nonpartisan school boards and the politics that surround the state’s education system have accelerated the political discourse since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, some GOP lawmakers are pushing to overhaul those boards by requiring elections to be partisan, meaning school board members would be connected to their political parties. Florida’s local school […]

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A voucher program to curb bullying in FL schools could expand — but it may not be about bullying

By: - November 30, 2021

A scholarship program originally intended to help students who are victims of bullying or other types of harassment could extend to students who haven’t faced any bullying at all. What’s going on? The Florida Legislature is considering legislation to expand a voucher program called the Hope Scholarship, which could potentially allow more students into the […]

Should Florida students learn ‘social media literacy’ in school? Some lawmakers think so

By: - November 29, 2021

Social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat are used by children and teens across the world, and some Florida lawmakers want to make sure that students are educated on the risks and benefits of using those platforms. That’s why in the 2022 legislative session, the Florida Legislature will consider a bill that […]

How many FL students will opt-out of mask requirements under new law? Who knows?

By: - November 29, 2021

Following months of debate, legal challenges, and a special legislative session on the matter, it seems the drawn-out discussion about who decides whether students wear masks in schools during the COVID pandemic has reached a conclusion. The result: Florida school districts are forbidden from requiring masks in classrooms unless parents can opt their students out. […]

DeSantis appoints Jared Moskowitz, key player in Florida’s COVID response, to Broward County Commission

By: - November 23, 2021

Jared Moskowitz, a crucial figure in Florida’s COVID-19 response as head of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management before stepping down earlier this year, has been appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill a vacancy on Broward’s Board of County Commissioners. DeSantis announced Moskowitz’s appointment Tuesday during a press conference, at which he also announced the […]

Legislation from special session touted expansion of ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’; But did it happen?

By: - November 18, 2021

New legislation that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Thursday is supposed to give parents more discretion over their school-aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic by forbidding school boards from requiring COVID vaccines or masks for students. The language in the bill has been touted as an expansion of a new law called the Parents’ Bill of […]

Parents, not school boards, would decide on students wearing masks, even if pandemic worsens

By: - November 17, 2021

Republican lawmakers in both the Florida House and Senate have determined that parents should have ultimate say over whether their children can wear masks at public schools — even if a more threatening variant of COVID-19 were to crop up in Florida. In addition, the legislation approved by the Legislature would ban school districts from […]

FL Education Department under federal scrutiny; retains lawyer over cease-and-desist complaint

By: - November 16, 2021

The Florida Board of Education, already in hot water with the federal government, is hoping that the U.S. Department of Education drops a cease-and desist-claim against the state agency, according to a board meeting Tuesday. The state Department of Education retained a lawyer following a federal cease-and-desist-complaint in late October stating that the department has […]

Educators largely absent as lawmakers move to prohibit mask and COVID vaccine mandates in schools

By: and - November 16, 2021

A few weeks ago school districts and state education officials were battling over who has authority to operate schools during the COVID-19 pandemic: the state, local school boards or parents. But during the first day of the special legislative session on mask and COVID vaccine mandates, educators and school officials were largely scarce and few, […]

FL education officials appear to defy feds’ cease and desist complaint regarding state funds

By: - November 12, 2021

Despite warnings from federal education officials, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has been defiant against the U.S. Department of Education’s warnings that Florida could be breaking federal law. But Florida education officials believe that the feds are the problem. The State Board of Education has called a meeting Tuesday “to discuss the federal government’s overreach […]

DeSantis pushes starting teacher salaries for 3rd year, but reaching goal of $47,500 is still tough

By: - November 10, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been boosting starting salaries for Florida public school teachers for two years now, and at a press conference Wednesday in Jacksonville, he announced his third effort to reach his goal of $47,500 for starting teachers. The governor is pushing for another $600 million in the 2022-23 state budget, to “keep the […]