Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University. She has served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine and Rowland Publishing. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat.

School gardens and nutrition education: Grants for FL schools to expand access to local produce

By: - July 15, 2021

Kids in Tampa will soon grow produce in a local garden, to distribute to their communities. Others will learn how to make healthy snacks at their local YMCA. Miami-Dade kids could soon serve as “community ambassadors” and lead workshops promoting the benefits of eating fresh produce. And up in Northeast Florida, Putnam County schools will […]

FL Board of Education approves new standards for certain subjects — including contentious civic standards

By: - July 14, 2021

Florida will have some new or revised standards for what students need to know, spanning subjects from substance use and abuse to character education, civics and the Holocaust. But the subject that garnered the most attention during the Florida State Board of Education meeting were the new civic standards. Board Member Ryan Petty said that […]

State Board of Education to vote on controversial civics standards; DeSantis earlier attended meeting

By: - July 14, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis showed up Wednesday at Florida’s State Board of Education meeting, which includes a vote over controversial civics standards. It’s unusual that DeSantis would be in person at the state board meeting, but there’s been controversy for weeks now about everything from a ban on Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, as […]

Florida needs more science teachers: Education agency shows shortfalls in three major science subjects

By: - July 13, 2021

School districts may struggle to find science teachers in the upcoming year, a Department of Education report shows. Three different science fields for K-12 education have been identified as areas of “critical teacher shortage” for the 2021-22 school year, the report says. That means Florida is in critical need of general science teachers, physical science […]

Boys are way behind girls when it comes to reading. Why is this happening and how can it be fixed?

By: - July 13, 2021

Florida boys do not read as well as girls. That’s what all sorts of data show. In 2019, for example, 4th and 8th grade girls alike scored 9 points higher than boys in Florida, according to a federal reading exam called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s report card. […]

Proud Boys, other groups, rally at FL’s Old Capitol to demand release of “patriots” from Jan. 6 insurrection

By: , and - July 10, 2021

Dozens of protestors came to the Florida Capitol Saturday to demand release of “incarcerated patriots” arrested in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Those rallying waved American flags and banners emblazoned with “Don’t Tread On Me,” “76” and “We the People.” Cars honked as they passed by, some shouting words of support to […]

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Many FL schools already ditched mask policies as CDC updates COVID guidance; but is it the right decision?

By: - July 9, 2021

Fully COVID-19 vaccinated teachers, students and staff would not need to wear masks this fall, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a Friday mask update for K-12 schools. But “masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated,” according to the CDC. That […]


Why is FL DOE behind on getting billions of federal dollars to schools recovering from COVID pandemic?

By: - July 8, 2021

Florida education officials are at least a month behind in getting a state plan, worth billions, to the U.S. Department of Education to help Florida schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, 40 states have submitted their plans and Florida is still not one of them. And more federal funding for Florida is now on […]

Tropical Storm Elsa expected to strengthen into hurricane; 33 FL. counties under state of emergency

By: - July 6, 2021

As tropical storm Elsa approaches Florida’s West Coast, the National Hurricane Center projects that the storm will strengthen to a hurricane. “Elsa is forecast to become a hurricane before making landfall,” DeSantis said at press conference Tuesday evening about the impending storm. He noted that Elsa will likely impact the Tampa Bay area late Tuesday […]

Federal lawsuit: FL’s trans athlete law ‘has nothing to do with fairness or equality for girls or women in sports.’

By: - July 6, 2021

A rising eighth-grade soccer player in Broward County is now in the center of a federal lawsuit filed late last month, saying that a new Florida law banning transgender girls and women from sports teams that align with their gender identity would be discriminatory under Title IX. The federal Title IX protects people from discrimination […]

DeSantis vetoes civic education bill citing ‘action civics’ — programs that critics call leftist

By: - June 30, 2021

For months, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been riding a wave of conservative moves, such as banning Critical Race Theory, supporting proposed civic standards that don’t include the word slavery and requiring campus surveys to ensure conservative ideas are not suppressed. Now, DeSantis has vetoed a civics education bill, SB 146 — which got bipartisan support […]

Parents could request to hold their young student back a grade for next school year, but time may be an issue

By: - June 29, 2021

Parents of elementary-aged students may be able to hold their children back a grade due to academic concerns for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, as families continue to think about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. Gov. Ron DeSantis still must approve the measure and sign it into law. But one of the issues is […]