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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.

Nicole upgraded to tropical storm; possible FL hurricane Wednesday, with Georgia now in trajectory

By: - November 8, 2022

A large incoming storm named Nicole has been upgraded to a full tropical storm and could soon be a hurricane as it approaches the East Coast of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. But new projections in a public advisory on Tuesday includes the coastal areas of Georgia. That state is involved in an […]

Nicole expects to approach FL peninsula just after general election; 34 counties under emergency

By: - November 7, 2022

An incoming storm in the Atlantic named Nicole is cutting close to disrupting the general elections Tuesday, but current projections forecast the brunt of the impacts to hit the East Coast of Florida by Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, in an “abundance of caution,” Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a state of emergency for 34 counties — […]

high school classroom, school, education

More than month after Ian: Southwest FL schools still struggling, adapting after hurricane damage

By: - November 3, 2022

After Hurricane Ian slammed against the Southwest coast of Florida, several school districts suspected that damage, flooding, power outages and other difficulties might mean students may never get back into their classrooms. That was about five weeks ago. Now, school districts in Lee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte have slowly begun recovering from the impact of […]

National 4th grade reading scores show FL Black students struggled more than other racial groups

By: - November 2, 2022

The differences in national 4th grade reading scores, based on certain racial groups in Florida, has widened over the course of the pandemic, with Black students struggling the most, according to federal education data. For example, Florida’s Black 4th graders had an average score of 207 in 2022, falling far below the threshold for proficiency […]

Sen. Sasse, ‘sole finalist’ in UF presidential search, chosen to lead FL’s flagship university

By: - November 1, 2022

The University of Florida’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as the new president to lead Florida’s flagship institution, despite weeks of outcry, questions about the senator’s political views, and an air of secrecy around the search process that led to his candidacy. The board agreed to provide compensation […]

Ballot initiative: Homestead property tax exemptions for teachers, cops, others, but at what cost?

By: - October 31, 2022

Florida voters could offer significant property tax exemptions to Florida’s teachers, firefighters, active-duty members of the U.S. military, and other specified professions, amid a relatively hostile housing market. But a well-meaning tax exemption may bring about other complications, such as a loss of local government tax revenue, according to a tax watchdog group. What may […]

In a rare move, UF Faculty Senate votes “no confidence” in secret president search

By: - October 28, 2022

The University of Florida’s Faculty Senate voiced its disapproval of the secretive selection process for a new university president, with a vote of “no confidence” on Thursday over the sole finalist — Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse. The flagship university’s presidential search led to an emergency meeting Thursday, when faculty members agreed on a resolution […]

In FL, girls did worse than boys in 4th grade math during COVID pandemic

By: - October 26, 2022

Girls performed worse than boys in 4th grade math during the course of the COVID pandemic in Florida, according to new national data. And the difference, often described as the “achievement gap” between various demographics, widened since 2019 compared to scores in 2022. In 2019, 4th grade male students in Florida had an average scale […]

Schools

FL education issues became muddled when Crist and DeSantis sparred during this week’s debate

By: - October 26, 2022

The Monday televised debate between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democrat Charlie Crist was a whirlwind of political talking points and a rowdy audience. But in the world of public education policy, what was true, what wasn’t, and which details were omitted? The Phoenix has provided clarifications and context for some of the education-focused claims […]

Nation’s report card: Alarming, appalling losses in reading, math scores; FL kids not proficient

By: - October 24, 2022

A large majority of Florida eighth graders do not read proficiently and struggle with 8th grade-level math skills, according to a nationwide assessment of students in 2022 — an uncomfortable reality for teens unprepared for a rigorous high school schedule. A large portion of Florida’s fourth graders also struggled with math and reading skills — […]

FL Democratic leaders claim GOP plans further abortion restrictions in secret

By: - October 21, 2022

Florida House and Senate Democratic leadership claim that Florida Republicans are keeping quiet on future plans to restrict abortion access even more than the state’s 15-week ban, according to a Zoom press conference Friday. Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book and incoming House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell sounded the alarm just days before Republican Gov. Ron […]

State education meetings forecast tumultuous school policies in upcoming gubernatorial debate

By: - October 21, 2022

In a fell swoop, Florida’s State Board of Education has approved a swath of rules that claim to improve transparency in education and bolster so-called parental rights. But LGBTQ+ advocates say the new rules are discriminatory. In the backdrop, two gubernatorial candidates will gear up for a televised debate on Monday: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, […]