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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.

‘Sham’ or ‘opportunity’: What’s the state of state exams in FL and what will lawmakers do?

By: - January 25, 2022

Back in September, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a push to scrap Florida’s key state exams, claiming that a change to so-called “progress monitoring” would bring “less time for testing, which will mean more time for learning.” Legislation on the issue is now moving in the Florida Legislature. But there’s little indication that a new state […]

Feds approve FL’s delayed COVID plan for schools; state can access all $15.7 billion in relief

By: - January 21, 2022

The U.S. Department of Education approved Florida’s plan outlining how the state will use COVID-19 relief funds to help schools recover from the impacts of the pandemic, releasing the final $2.3 billion dollars for the projects. The approval came after months of delays. Florida and other states were supposed to submit a COVID plan for […]

First Lady DeSantis completes final chemo treatment after her breast cancer diagnosis, gov says

By: - January 20, 2022

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis received her last treatment of chemotherapy for breast cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. It’s been almost five months since her diagnosis was made public by the governor’s office in early October. The governor updated Floridians and the press on her treatment milestone at the end of a Thursday press […]

Candidate Crist unites parents fed up with ‘toxic politicization’ at schools and DeSantis policies

By: - January 19, 2022

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, currently campaigning for governor in 2022 as a Democrat, is creating his own coalition of parents to support his campaign. A former Republican Florida governor and education commissioner, Crist said that the group will be “instrumental in helping to shape the education policy of the future Crist administration and end the […]

Restricting how teachers and employers talk about race could chill important dialogue, critics say

By: - January 19, 2022

Coming off of a federal holiday recognizing the influence of Martin Luther King Jr.,  some Florida lawmakers are pushing legislation that could impose more barriers on how public school teachers can discuss racism in history classes. In addition, the bill would involve Florida’s private businesses, which would prohibit employers from requiring employees to be subjected […]

FL’s First Lady announces school assemblies, toolkits, to warn kids about fentanyl, other drugs

By: - January 15, 2022

Nancy Ackerman, a mother in Seminole County, joined First Lady Casey DeSantis at a roundtable discussion this week and relayed the story of her 19-year-old daughter overdosing on fentanyl and dying. “I don’t even call it a drug. I just call it a poison,” Ackerman said. “Too many people I know have lost their children […]

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School personnel shouldn’t use handcuffs on students, lawmaker proposes

By: - January 13, 2022

In Florida’s public school system, school personnel can use handcuffs, zip-ties, straightjackets or other devices on students who are acting out or misbehaving in a way that poses a threat to themselves or others. But legislation filed in the 2022 legislative session would prohibit school personnel from using those methods — potentially sparing students, especially […]

On first day of 2022 legislative session, FL lawmakers file ban on abortions after 15 weeks

By: - January 11, 2022

About a month after oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi, Florida State Rep. Erin Grall filed a bill that would prohibit a physician from performing an abortion after 15 weeks. HB 5, and its companion bill SB 146, filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, does not seem to […]

House Speaker, Senate President launch the new 2022 legislative session

By: and - January 11, 2022

On the opening day of the 2022 legislative session, Senate President Wilton Simpson said that the Senate will be building off of “investments” made last year by the Legislature. One big effort would be to “make sure increases are prioritized for bus drivers, maintenance workers, cafeteria workers, and other true public servants in our public […]

Female-oriented issues may be huge topics in the male-dominated 2022 legislative session

By: - January 11, 2022

Tuesday marks the official start of the 2022 legislative session, where members of the Florida House and Senate will congregate in their chambers. But for the most part, those members are guys. In Florida’s House of Representatives, 78 men will join only 40 women to kick off the new session. On the other side of […]

‘It is difficult to predict’: 20,000 new COVID cases reported in FL as holidays near

By: - December 22, 2021

The new omicron variant of COVID-19 is reportedly more contagious than the already highly transmissible delta variant, which peaked Florida COVID cases in August. Proving the point, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the state saw more than 20,000 new cases as of Tuesday. That’s up from 12,915 new cases reported the […]

FL Dept. of Ed removed LGBTQ resources from website; Nikki Fried fills info gap

By: - December 21, 2021

Following the removal of anti-bullying resources from the Florida Department of Education website, including information regarding LGBTQ students, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is providing that information instead. In a Tuesday press release, Fried announced a set of LGBTQ resources hosted on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website. “Improving the health, safety, […]