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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.

Ms. DeSantis adding ‘hope ambassadors’ to promote student mental health

By: - December 20, 2021

As Florida students work through the stresses that come with learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, some may find comfort by talking with peers about mental health concerns. Some middle and high school students will be able to turn “hope ambassadors,” as First Lady Casey DeSantis has announced an expansion of a program that encourages students […]

DeSantis: Parents could sue if kids are taught ‘critical race theory’ in FL public schools

By: - December 15, 2021

In a campaign-like atmosphere that included throwing DeSantis hats into the audience and participants holding up red signs saying Stop W.O.K.E., Gov. Ron DeSantis railed Wednesday against “critical race theory” and promoted upcoming legislation to allow parents to sue if their kids are taught CRT in Florida public schools. Republican officials have used the misnomer […]

FL School Boards Association withdrew from national affiliate; Was it a partisan move or not?

By: - December 15, 2021

When a letter from the National School Boards Association urged the Biden administration to do something about reports of threats and violence against school board members, it didn’t go well,  particularly with conservative groups who claimed that the letter painted some parents as “domestic terrorists.” Now, several state school boards that were members of the […]

Following federal scrutiny, FL education officials returned $878,000 to certain local school boards

By: - December 13, 2021

After several months of legal challenges, state sanctions, and a special session that outlawed strict mask mandates in public schools, the Florida Department of Education returned $877,851 in state funds to eight school districts that had been punished over a COVID-related mask controversy. “It has been put back, so we do have that money,” Russell Bruhn, […]

Ms. DeSantis on her diagnosis: ‘Something was telling me that something wasn’t right’

By: - December 8, 2021

Since the announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis in early October, First Lady Casey DeSantis has been reserved about sharing details of her personal medical condition. But Tuesday, she told the story of how she learned of her diagnosis, shedding light on her experience and urging Floridians to get cancer screenings for early diagnosis. “I […]

Voters approved nonpartisan school boards some 20 years ago, but GOP lawmakers want that to change

By: - December 7, 2021

Florida’s nonpartisan school boards and the politics that surround the state’s education system have accelerated the political discourse since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, some GOP lawmakers are pushing to overhaul those boards by requiring elections to be partisan, meaning school board members would be connected to their political parties. Florida’s local school […]

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A voucher program to curb bullying in FL schools could expand — but it may not be about bullying

By: - November 30, 2021

A scholarship program originally intended to help students who are victims of bullying or other types of harassment could extend to students who haven’t faced any bullying at all. What’s going on? The Florida Legislature is considering legislation to expand a voucher program called the Hope Scholarship, which could potentially allow more students into the […]

Should Florida students learn ‘social media literacy’ in school? Some lawmakers think so

By: - November 29, 2021

Social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat are used by children and teens across the world, and some Florida lawmakers want to make sure that students are educated on the risks and benefits of using those platforms. That’s why in the 2022 legislative session, the Florida Legislature will consider a bill that […]

How many FL students will opt-out of mask requirements under new law? Who knows?

By: - November 29, 2021

Following months of debate, legal challenges, and a special legislative session on the matter, it seems the drawn-out discussion about who decides whether students wear masks in schools during the COVID pandemic has reached a conclusion. The result: Florida school districts are forbidden from requiring masks in classrooms unless parents can opt their students out. […]

DeSantis appoints Jared Moskowitz, key player in Florida’s COVID response, to Broward County Commission

By: - November 23, 2021

Jared Moskowitz, a crucial figure in Florida’s COVID-19 response as head of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management before stepping down earlier this year, has been appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill a vacancy on Broward’s Board of County Commissioners. DeSantis announced Moskowitz’s appointment Tuesday during a press conference, at which he also announced the […]

Legislation from special session touted expansion of ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’; But did it happen?

By: - November 18, 2021

New legislation that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Thursday is supposed to give parents more discretion over their school-aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic by forbidding school boards from requiring COVID vaccines or masks for students. The language in the bill has been touted as an expansion of a new law called the Parents’ Bill of […]

Parents, not school boards, would decide on students wearing masks, even if pandemic worsens

By: - November 17, 2021

Republican lawmakers in both the Florida House and Senate have determined that parents should have ultimate say over whether their children can wear masks at public schools — even if a more threatening variant of COVID-19 were to crop up in Florida. In addition, the legislation approved by the Legislature would ban school districts from […]