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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.

The last state standing is FL: It still hasn’t submitted a plan to get billions for public schools

By: - September 17, 2021

As of Friday, 49 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have submitted plans to the U.S. Department of Education to be able to access billions for COVID-relief programs at public schools. But Florida isn’t on the list. In fact, it’s the only state that has not submitted such a plan. And the deadline was June […]

FL still missing out on billions for public schools; what’s the holdup?

By: - September 16, 2021

Florida is now one of only two states in the nation that has not submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Education for providing billions in federal dollars to help public schools during the pandemic. Overall, 48 states and Washington D.C. have sent in their plans — which were due on June 7, according […]

The reversals have begun: Some school districts backtrack on opt-out mask policies

By: - September 15, 2021

At least two school districts — Volusia and Lee — that previously adopted strict mask mandates have recently decided to allow parents to opt their students out of the policy for any reason. Another district, Indian River, has approved a change — a hybrid approach that would require masks only at certain times when COVID-19 […]

DeSantis administration wants to reduce outdated state testing in FL but will the feds approve?

By: - September 14, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and even the statewide teacher union that often butts heads with the administration are celebrating the potential end of major statewide exams called the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in reading and math. But whether the federal government goes along with the changes is the big question. Florida’s new […]

DeSantis, 2 top-elected Cabinet members got their COVID shots but oppose Biden vaccine mandates

By: and - September 13, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis have been vaccinated against COVID-19,  yet duringa morning press conference Monday, three of the four top politicians in Florida railed against President Joe Biden’s push for federal vaccine mandates. “We’re here today to make it very clear that we are going […]

U.S. Department of Education opens investigation on FL’s mask policies and possible violations of federal law

By: - September 10, 2021

On the heels of a court decision allowing Florida education officials to continue penalizing school districts with strict mask mandates, the U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation to determine if the state’s current mask policies are discriminatory to students with disabilities. The USDE sent a letter Friday notifying Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran […]

Some school districts sticking to their mask policies; others unsure following new court decision

By: - September 10, 2021

Some schools districts say they’re staying put on their strict mask mandates, while others are considering how to proceed following yet another court decision on mask policies in schools. In a Friday decision, the First District Court of Appeal allowed the DeSantis administration and state education officials to continue enforcing a contentious policy which allows […]

Amid school mask controversy, Dems say FL Education Commissioner should be elected, not appointed

By: - September 10, 2021

About 35 years ago, Betty Castor campaigned statewide to be Florida’s Education Commissioner, convincing the majority of Floridians that she could take on the responsibility of overseeing the state’s massive school system. Castor won, and she served as Education Commissioner from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Since then, the election process that allowed […]

After state docked pay from board, Broward pushes DeSantis to stop sitting on billions for schools

By: - September 8, 2021

While state education officials withheld the salaries of Broward County School Board members because of strict mask mandates, the school district has called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to distribute billions in federal relief funds to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed to the governor, Broward Interim Superintendent Vickie Cartwright and […]

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FL students now have 1 to 2 minutes of silence to start their day — but will it make a difference?

By: - September 8, 2021

Astatula Elementary School in Central Florida’s Lake County already had a daily moment of silence in place long before a new law demanded it. Prior to the current school year, Astatula students would stand for the daily Pledge of Allegiance, and remain standing for another 10 to 15 seconds for a moment of silence. But […]

Unfazed by continued legal battle, some school districts are standing by their strict mask mandates

By: - September 3, 2021

Some school districts will continue to impose their strict mask mandates, even though a key court ruling has been appealed and the legal battle continues over who has control over mask-wearing at public schools — local boards or the DeSantis administration. Chris Petley, a communications staffer for the Leon County School District at the state […]

Florida braces for effects of a restrictive abortion ban in Texas and what it means for Roe v. Wade

By: - September 2, 2021

A Texas law that heavily restricts access to abortions could have astounding implications for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, and Florida advocates on both sides of the issue expect to see Texas law seep into Florida’s 2022 legislative session. The Florida Senate is considering a similar measure, according a statement Florida […]