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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.

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,” […]

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,” […]