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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.

A cruel move against transgender student athletes or a way to ‘protect’ women’s sports? DeSantis to decide

By: - April 29, 2021

The Florida Legislature has approved a bill that, on paper, says will protect female athletics and promote fairness and competition in school sports games. The bill dubs itself as “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” applying to student athletes in public secondary and post-secondary schools. But for transgender students athletes, the wording means they could be […]

House Republicans reignite controversial legislation on trans athletes in final days of session

By: - April 28, 2021

UPDATE: The Senate voted 23-16 Wednesday evening on a transgender-related student athlete bill outlining that team members must be designated…based on their biological sex at birth, and females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex, among other measures. Controversial legislation on how transgender student athletes participate in school sports […]

State Senate Minority Leader Farmer pushed out by colleagues from his post, 2 days before 2021 session ends

By: and - April 28, 2021

2nd update: Sen. Gary Farmer has resigned his role as Senate Democratic leader. His announcement around 2 pm. said Orange County Sen. Bobby Powell, leader pro tempore, is the new leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus through the end of Farmer’s term in 2022, per Senate and Caucus rules. The Caucus later voted to elect […]

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Seclusion, restraints, handcuffs: Lawmakers say schools must severely limit use of those techniques on kids

By: - April 27, 2021

Traumatic use of physical restraints and seclusion may no longer be a technique used on students, particularly those with disabilities, come next school year. That’s because the both the Florida House and Senate voted unanimously in favor of HB 149, which aims to prohibit the practice of secluding a student in an isolated room and […]

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A difference of $50 million for teacher pay raises? FL House and Senate disagree on the numbers

By: - April 23, 2021

How much more should be spent to increase the starting salaries of Florida teachers — an initiative pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis? There’s no agreement yet, as House and Senate budget negotiators try to finish the state budget for 2021-22 in the waning days of the legislative session. While both chambers proposed keeping the starting […]

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Would a daily moment of silence help Florida students with stress or just take away instruction time?

By: - April 22, 2021

Come next school year, all of Florida’s public school students might have to walk into their classrooms first thing in the morning, sit down at their desks and prepare for a daily moment of silence that could last up to two minutes. That’s because the Florida Senate passed legislation on Thursday, which would require that […]

Catholic school

More FL students could attend private schools with public dollars. Is that good or bad?

By: - April 21, 2021

The Florida Legislature is moving toward a more expansive education landscape for students and families to go to private schools with public dollars. The dollars, referred to as scholarships or vouchers, are part of programs being considered in the waning days of the 2021 legislative session. Wednesday, the Florida House passed HB 7045, which would […]

Controversial transgender athlete bill hits hurdle and may not survive the 2021 session

By: - April 20, 2021

As the 2021 legislative session winds down, a controversial bill legislating how transgender athletes participate in school sports looks like it’s not going to survive. Last week, the Florida House passed a transgender athletics bill, HB 1475, and sent it over to the Senate for deliberation. But as of Tuesday, the Senate version appears to […]

Gwen Graham

Gwen Graham, long-time Florida political figure, tapped for assistant secretary in U.S. Department of Ed.

By: - April 16, 2021

President Joe Biden intends to nominate former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham to serve as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she would serve as assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs. “I’m so humbled to be nominated by President Biden to help serve America’s students, […]

Schools

Male lawmaker who proposed cutting pay for mostly female school board members has retreated

By: - April 16, 2021

State Rep. Sam Garrison changed his legislation on cutting pay for mostly female school board members following some “good dialogue” with his colleagues in the Legislature, according to conversation in a committee meeting earlier this week. Garrison, an attorney and a Republican representing part of Clay County in northeast Florida, was pushing legislation that would […]

School districts and families are divided: Should masks still be in place in the upcoming academic year?

By: - April 16, 2021

Florida schoolchildren are nearing the end of an entire school year under the impacts of COVID-19, and administrators are planning for the next academic year. But what’s in store for 2021-22 could become a divisive dilemma over whether kids, teachers and staff should continue wearing masks. Already, school districts and families of schoolchildren are divided: […]

FL House passes controversial bill affecting transgender athletes, despite hours of opposition

By: - April 14, 2021

Amid a national debate over the rights of transgender kids on the playing field, the state House in Florida voted 77 to 40 to approve a pivotal bill affecting how transgender athletes participate in sports and athletics. The bill, HB 1475, means transgender athletes would have to compete on teams that match with the gender […]