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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.

From masks to fewer kids in classes, one superintendent’s thoughts on the first days of school in a pandemic

By: - August 12, 2020

In Florida’s Hamilton County, straddling the Georgia line, School Supt. Rex Mitchell talks about his 41st first day of school in 2020-21, an extraordinary time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s prepared his brick-and-mortar schools with new safety measures and procedures to help combat the spread of transmission. Classes started Monday, with many kids wearing […]

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Confusion over which brick-and-mortar public schools in FL are opening

By: - August 11, 2020

For sure, Martin County School District in southeast Florida opened school doors to students on Tuesday. But with constant fluctuation about starting dates during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s confusion on which public school districts are opening or not. Earlier in the morning, The Florida Department of Education shared a tweet saying that “18 Florida school […]

New school year: A handful of FL school districts open their doors to brick-and-mortar classrooms

By: - August 10, 2020

At a time when many families and educators are worried about sending children to school in a pandemic, a handful of Florida districts opened their doors for the new academic year, doing in-person instruction at brick-and-mortar schools. Those are Baker, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton and Suwannee, districts in North Florida counties, based on calls to school […]

A controversial civics test won’t be used by certain colleges — at least for now

By: - August 7, 2020

Parents, professors, and nonprofits have been fighting against a new rule that would allow college students to earn a civics competency credit — required for graduation — by taking a multiple-choice test that calls for only a D to pass. That’s not going to happen, at least for now. Earlier this week, the civics-related rule was […]

How school athletics got mixed into a legal battle, COVID-19 and the reopening of schools

By: - August 7, 2020

With the new school year looming, Gov. Ron DeSantis continues his push to get students into brick-and-mortar classrooms, highlighting athletic opportunities that could draw kids into traditional school settings. The alternative would be off-campus online learning, which many educators and families support as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. With some districts starting school next week, the […]

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Gov. DeSantis and other officials try quickly to get rid of a court case over reopening FL public schools

By: - August 5, 2020

While educators and families prepare for the new school year during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials hope to quickly get rid of a lawsuit over the reopening of brick-and-mortar schools, court records show. The Florida Education Association, which initially filed the lawsuit, isn’t likely to back down. The case involves a […]

Middle-school math teacher Krista Stanley is the 2021 Teacher of the Year

By: - August 4, 2020

Krista Stanley, a sixth grade math teacher from Okeechobee County, is the 2021 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year. A homegrown educator — she graduated from Okeechobee High School — Stanley stayed in the county and teaches at a high-poverty, diverse school. It’s Yearling Middle School in Okeechobee. Stanley just finished her fourth […]

One Goal, One Voice? DeSantis and Fried go their separate ways with separate COVID video campaigns

By: - August 3, 2020

Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried announced a series of consumer awareness campaigns intending to unite Floridians in response to COVID-19 in a press conference Monday. In a “nonpartisan, bilingual, multi-channel awareness campaign,” Be SMART Florida is a campaign that stands for “Social distance, Mask up, Avoid crowds, Remember to wash or sanitize hands, and Throw away disposable items like […]

DeSantis declares state of emergency for 19 counties as Hurricane Isaias strengthens

By: - July 31, 2020

Preparing for Hurricane Isaias as COVID-19 infections and deaths continue, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency on Friday for 19 counties along the Atlantic coast as the lower-level storm intensifies to a Category 2. DeSantis’ order encompasses: Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, […]

At least three FL lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19, and they’re tweeting their thoughts

By: - July 30, 2020

State Sen. Rob Bradley is the third Florida lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19, joining Rep. Randy Fine, currently sick with COVID-19, and Rep. Shevrin Jones, who tested positive in early July. Jones was the first state lawmaker to announce his COVID-19-positive status, and provided regular video updates on his symptoms. He is a Democrat […]

As pandemic continues, FL’s Education Commissioner will send his kids to brick-and-mortar schools

By: - July 29, 2020

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran revealed Wednesday that his six children will be going back to school in the upcoming academic year, opting for a traditional classroom experience and in-person instruction rather than an online learning program. Corcoran’s words are significant as hundreds of thousands of families make one of the most important decisions of […]

DBPR Secretary is moving to help FL’s breweries and bars to reopen

By: - July 28, 2020

Following lawsuits and pushback from breweries and bars, Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears said he would set up meetings with the industry to help reopen those businesses — starting later this week. Beshears shared in a tweet on Saturday his intent of working with breweries and bars. “Next week starting Friday,” […]