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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.

FL education officials approve military vet teaching pathway; DeSantis and Diaz on the defensive

By: - August 17, 2022

State education officials Wednesday approved a new rule to allow military veterans who meet certain qualifications to head a Florida classroom without receiving a bachelor’s degree, though thousands of teachers are required to get a four-year college degree. In this case, a veteran with a military background would be under the guidance of an experienced […]

DeSantis: 2-year degree plus a mentor to be a teacher? Will it undercut 4-year education degrees?

By: - August 16, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced alternate routes for Floridians in all walks of life to become teachers, but with a catch: People would need only a two-year associate degree to lead a classroom — with the help of a teacher mentor — rather than a bachelor’s degree that would include four years of college […]

Students still struggling in math, with 49 percent of kids passing the state Algebra 1 exam in 2022

By: - August 15, 2022

In a crucial state Algebra 1 exam, 49 percent of students passed in 2022, up from 47 percent from the year before, according to Florida Department of Education data. The results were from 258,691 students who took the 2022 exam. That said, the scores indicate that many students struggled to pass the major math exam […]

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A military veteran without a bachelor’s degree could soon be at the head of a FL classroom

By: - August 12, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved a new law to create an alternative temporary teaching certificate for military veterans, saying that their prior military experience will have value in the classroom. But the law would get around a prerequisite expected of thousands of teachers in Florida — a bachelor’s degree. Instead, the military veteran would be […]

Only 48 percent of 5th graders passed the state’s science exam; fewer than a quarter were ‘proficient’

By: - August 11, 2022

Florida’s 5th graders took the 2022 statewide science exam to measure understanding of the state’s science standards, but the results were stagnant to dismal. Only 48 percent of 5th graders passed the exam, based on a score of 3 or higher. The Florida Department of Education considers that “satisfactory—may need additional support for the next […]

First day of 2022-23 school year feels ‘more normal’ but uncertainties and unease remain

By: - August 10, 2022

The vast majority of school districts opened their classroom doors Wednesday, with hopes of a more normal school setting following a rocky two years that included the COVID pandemic, remote learning, mask controversies, an overhaul for statewide testing and prohibitions on certain school topics. “It feels like this year is closer to how it was […]

Fried reflects on tumultuous political atmosphere, criticizes DeSantis following federal search of Trump’s FL home

By: - August 9, 2022

A day after former President Donald Trump’s home was searched by the FBI, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried held a press conference near the Florida Governor’s Mansion, where Gov. Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis and their three young children live. The governor last evening had tweeted, in part, that the search at Mar-a-Lago in Palm […]

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How should FL school districts respond to the monkeypox outbreak? There’s little state guidance

By: - August 8, 2022

As the number of monkeypox cases spread across Florida, more and more school districts will have to contend with how to approach the disease as public school students, teachers and staff start their first day of school this week. So far, districts haven’t gotten much guidance from state health officials, leaving those sorts of questions […]

Gloves off: Crist, Fried battle for governor gets meaner as Democratic primary election looms

By: - August 5, 2022

With the primaries just over two weeks away, Democratic gubernatorial candidates U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried have stepped into the battle ring, taking aggressive shots at their opponents in new political ads and campaign messaging. As the current Democratic underdog in the race, based on current polls, Fried has been questioning […]

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Nationwide LGBTQ+ advocacy group opposes FL health officials’ efforts to restrict transgender medical care

By: - August 4, 2022

A day before the Florida Board of Medicine considers potential restrictions on certain medical care for transgender Floridians, a nationwide advocacy group has condemned policies that could endanger trans kids and adults. The Human Rights Campaign, a nationwide LGBTQ+ advocacy group based out of Washington, D.C., has declared such restrictions as a “transparently political move […]

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Crist vs. Fried: Primary candidates held a ‘conversation’ but much was retreaded territory

By: and - August 4, 2022

The two major gubernatorial primary candidates Wednesday evening did little to move the needle on some of the most significant political issues related to their platforms, from the economy, education reforms and assault weapon bans. But both Democratic candidates, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, had some differences. One of them was […]

The dizzying realities of battling cancer: First Lady announces launch of FL cancer resource site

By: - August 3, 2022

First Lady Casey DeSantis on Wednesday announced the launch of Florida Cancer Connect, an online resource site for cancer patients to hear from survivors and access information to help navigate the dizzying realities of battling cancer. At a press conference at the Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville, she noted that while some cancer-focused non-profits are […]