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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 educator: “I don’t want to die going back to the classroom”

By: - July 28, 2020

In a typical school year, Orlando high school teacher Keegan Schlake says he sees about “150 students cycle through my classroom door every day and thousands of kids shoulder-to-shoulder in the hallways.” The bottom line: “Schools are not designed for social distancing,” says Schlake, who teaches government and economics classes. “Like every other teacher, I’m […]

Brewers Guild asks state for help, saying the industry is in jeopardy

By: - July 24, 2020

Florida’s breweries are bearing the brunt of an executive order that prohibits on-site consumption of alcohol, and they’re urging the state to do something about it. Florida Brewers Guild, a non-profit trade organization comprised of hundreds of Florida breweries, wrote a letter this week to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Halsey Beshears, the secretary of the […]

Kids will have a long summer: Districts across FL are delaying school start dates for up to 3 weeks

By: - July 24, 2020

In a televised appeal to families concerned about COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis said this week that if districts want to delay the new school year for a few weeks, “Have at it.” And districts are doing just that. More than half of Florida school districts have delayed their first days of school for the 2020-21 […]

Gov. DeSantis tries to rally Floridians behind his plans to reopen brick-and-mortar schools

By: and - July 22, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis appealed directly to Floridians Wednesday not to give in to fear and apprehension as his administration prepares to reopen public schools to millions of students in the next few weeks, notwithstanding daily increases in COVID-19 cases in the state. In an effort to reassure parents and students, DeSantis affirmed that families do […]

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FEA’s lawsuit requests significant returns involving big money; calls Miami “ground zero” for COVID-19

By: - July 21, 2020

The Florida Education Association’s lawsuit this week relates to a controversial emergency order for reopening schools but also requires significant state action that would likely require a big price tag. Reducing class sizes, adding more staff, ensuring schools have enough protective equipment and supplies and adding plexiglass shields are part of the “relief” the FEA […]

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Statewide teacher union files lawsuit against FL Gov and officials to protect safety of children and school staff

By: - July 20, 2020

The Florida Education Association, with the support of national teacher  unions, filed a lawsuit Monday after weeks of backlash and concern about an emergency order requiring brick-and-mortar schools to reopen five days a week this coming school year. “We have got to do something about this emergency order because it is putting people in peril,” […]

FL’s Ed Commissioner and local boards clash over who’s in charge of reopening schools during pandemic

By: - July 17, 2020

With the new academic year looming in Florida, it’s not clear who has the authority to get thousands of children and teens back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty in recent days surrounds a clash between state-level education directives and the powers of local school boards granted in Florida’s Constitution, according to public […]

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FL Education Commissioner says media misreported his emergency order; will not retract directive

By: - July 15, 2020

As educators across Florida scramble to adjust to a controversial emergency order signed by Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran — directing all districts to provide in-person instruction five days a week — Corcoran says the order gives complete flexibility and accountability to school districts. The commissioner then claimed that news sources didn’t read the order […]

Republican state Rep says Aug. 10 school start date would be ‘potentially catastrophic’

By: - July 14, 2020

A Republican state House member from Central Florida is urging school board members to back off sending kids to brick-and-mortar classrooms in August. “I strongly encourage you to postpone bringing the majority of our students back for face-to-face instruction in August,” State Rep. Rene Plasencia wrote in a letter earlier this week. “An Aug. 10 […]

National organizations urge safe school reopenings, knocking “one-size-fits-all” approach

By: - July 10, 2020

School officials and health departments should lead the initiative of reopening schools safely, with science driving the decision-making, key national groups said Friday in a written statement. “Public health agencies must make recommendations based on evidence, not politics,” the organizations said. “We should leave it to health experts to tell us when the time is […]

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Trump’s politicking in FL’s swing state doesn’t mesh with district planning for the new school year

By: - July 10, 2020

“SCHOOLS MUST REOPEN IN THE FALL!!!” President Trump virtually yelled in a tweet earlier this week. Florida’s DeSantis administration heard the order. Within hours, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran retweeted the president on his own Twitter page. He did more than that. Corcoran signed an emergency order demanding that brick-and-mortar schools fully reopen in the […]

House member afflicted with COVID pleads for mask mandate, saying, ‘I don’t wish this on anyone’

By: - July 6, 2020

Florida Rep. Shevrin Jones tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday. Now, he uses social media to update his constituents on his condition and has called upon Gov. Ron DeSantis to impose and enforce a statewide mask mandate. “I don’t know what it feels like to run a state of 20 million people. But, I am […]