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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.

Schools

Leon School Superintendent: Education Commissioner misinterprets mask rules and would violate FL Constitution

By: - September 2, 2021

In a strong rebuff to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Leon School Supt. Rocky Hanna has stated emphatically that the state’s emergency rule on masks has been misinterpreted and would violate the Florida Constitution. Leon, in Florida’s state capital and at the center of a court case on the contentious mask issue, is one of […]

Several school boards buck DeSantis administration and defend their own strict mask policies

By: - September 1, 2021

Meeting a 5 p.m. deadline by the state, at least four district school boards defended their strict mask policies to the Florida Department of Education, the State Board of Education and Commissioner Richard Corcoran – even if it means losing their salaries. The local boards wrote in a letter to the state that they are […]

More school boards face pay cuts and a 5 p.m. deadline to comply with contentious FL mask policies

By: - September 1, 2021

As tensions rise over punitive measures by the state, several school boards face a 5 p.m. deadline today to comply with state mask policies that some school boards believe are not appropriate to combat COVID-19 amid a surge in Florida. Already, two school boards, Alachua and Broward, have gotten pay cuts from the State Department […]

An escalating legal war could be on the horizon for school boards and masks mandates in FL schools

By: - August 31, 2021

The school mask mandate controversy could involve more legal battles, according to school district officials, with Broward and Alachua discussing their legal options after the Florida Department of Education docked pay for the two local boards because they had implemented strict mask mandates. The move by the DeSantis administration and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran — […]

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Unencumbered by state expectations on masks, FL private schools have varied approaches to policies

By: - August 31, 2021

Tina Meadows, the director of a private school called Grace Success Academy in Miami-Dade County, has had her students and staff under a mask mandate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, back in March of 2020. “We follow the CDC guidelines, pretty much,” Meadows told the Phoenix. There are about 60 students enrolled in […]

Punishment: FL officials withhold pay to Alachua, Broward school boards despite court mask ruling

By: - August 30, 2021

The Florida Department of Education has withheld state funds from Alachua and Broward school boards for adopting mask mandates that allegedly violate “parental rights,” even as a judge’s ruling last Friday stated that local boards can implement mask mandates. That throws another wrench in the legal battle on mask mandates, local school board control,  parents […]

45 states have sent in plans to receive more federal COVID funds earmarked for schools; FL is not one of them

By: - August 30, 2021

Florida is one of only five states that has not submitted a state plan for COVID relief to the U.S. Department of Education, holding up billions in federal funds to help the Florida education system recover from the impacts of COVID-19 in schools. These funds could be used to address learning loss among students due […]

Will more school districts impose mask mandates following Leon court ruling on mask policies?

By: - August 27, 2021

A Friday court ruling vindicated the mask policies of 10 Florida school districts that have mandated masks in schools without parental opt-outs, despite state agencies forbidding them from doing so. Now, the court ruling, in a verbal format, could lead to other districts adopting similar policies because the court determined that these kinds of mask […]

Not all mask mandates are equal: 10 Florida school districts have varied approaches

By: - August 26, 2021

In a statewide conflict over school mask policies, 10 school districts are defying state orders by mandating masks for students. But not every district has the same mandates. Not all students in a district need to mask. And some grades have different rules when it comes to masking. Overall, the mask environment in Florida’s public […]

Schools

Statewide teacher union uses data, news reports to chronicle school-related COVID deaths and more

By: - August 25, 2021

As the second school year of COVID-19 continues, Florida’s statewide teacher union is chronicling  deaths, classroom closures, the number of students and staff testing positive and other data that provides a grim yet still incomplete look at how the pandemic is impacting schools. The Florida Education Association has updated its  “Safe Schools Report” for the […]

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More families look to leave their current public schools due to ‘COVID harassment’; 10 districts now use strict mask mandates

By: - August 25, 2021

Almost 70 Florida families are looking to leave their current public schools over “COVID harassment,” a new way to allow students to go elsewhere with taxpayer funded scholarships. Families can send their kids to private schools or other public schools, part of a scholarship originally intended to help victims of bullying, hazing, and other cruel […]

Will FL families rush to vaccinate children below 12 against COVID? Or will they be hesitant?

By: and - August 25, 2021

With federal health officials thinking about a new age span for vaccinations — shots to kids below age 12  — families are now confronting questions about whether vaccines would be safe and necessary for elementary-level students. Kids in PreK and elementary schools would have to rely on their parents for consent to get the shots […]