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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.

Survey: Floridians concerned about schoolkids falling behind; some families oppose state testing this year

By: - March 5, 2021

A February survey of parents and non-parent voters show wide concern about students struggling academically during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than half the respondents agree with canceling state testing this spring. In a Friday press release, the Florida Education Association released some findings of a survey conducted by the Clearview Research on the behalf […]

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Regardless of age, FL teachers and staff can get vaccines under a Biden administration plan

By: - March 4, 2021

Florida’s K-12 teachers and staff of any age, as well as childcare workers, will be able to get COVID vaccines under a plan by the Biden administration. Those vaccines are connected to a federal plan to administer shots for residents at pharmacies such as CVS, Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walmart. But not all of those pharmacies […]

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Lawmaker hopes to ban the practice of secluding FL students and limit other restrictions

By: - March 3, 2021

State Rep. Bobby DuBose is pushing lawmakers to outright ban the traumatic practice of secluding students and limit other restrictions facing children, particularly those with disabilities in Florida. DuBose, a Democrat who represents part of Broward County, has filed legislation to ban or limit the practices. “I’ve been working on this bill for years. Unfortunately, […]

FL House Speaker criticizes media, lobbyists as 2021 legislative session convenes

By: - March 2, 2021

Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls set the tone of the 2021 legislative session, at least in the House chamber, by taking time to essentially criticize the media and lobbyists. “A lot has been written and said about this session that starts today. And much more will be written and said in the days and weeks […]

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From migrant families to dropouts: Thousands of K-12 kids go ‘missing,’ leading to truancy issues and a state budget mess

By: - March 2, 2021

School districts across Florida are looking high and low for tens of thousands of students who apparently did not enroll in a public school this year, raising questions about truancy laws and a state budget mess. The Florida Department of Education knows a few reasons why kids haven’t been in class during the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Florida sports teams partner with DeSantis administration to encourage resiliency among schoolchildren

By: - February 26, 2021

A new educational curriculum aims to help Florida students triumph over hardships in their lives, including mental health challenges. That’s the goal of Resiliency Florida, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced during a press conference Friday. And big athletic names including international soccer player David Beckham and former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning endorse the initiative. Resiliency […]

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Ordinary citizens will largely be left out in the 2021 legislative process

By: - February 26, 2021

With the Florida Legislature convening next week, regular citizens trying to participate in the legislative process will face tough hurdles under COVID-19 protocols set by the House and Senate chambers. For Floridians who want to engage in the process of creating laws and providing testimony, access in general will be limited and residents with disabilities […]

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DeSantis moving to expand vaccinations for 50-and-older teachers and sworn law enforcement

By: - February 23, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said he wants to allow teachers and sworn law enforcement officers to be vaccinated soon as part of federally-supported COVID vaccination sites in major urban areas. “We’ll start probably 50 and up for the police and classroom teachers,” DeSantis at a news conference in Miami-Dade County. DeSantis also mentioned “fire” […]

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Nearly 70,000 COVID cases related to FL K-12 schools since the fall; but weekly cases this winter are dropping

By: - February 22, 2021

The number of COVID-19 cases related to Florida’s public and private K-12 schools is closing in on the 70,000 mark, nearly six months since the state began tracking the cases last September. However, weekly school cases during the pandemic’s winter months in Florida appear to have been dropping for a couple weeks now. The Florida […]

With school-related COVID cases rising in FL, Biden wants kids in brick-and-mortar classrooms

By: - February 17, 2021

In five months time, from the fall to the second academic semester, Florida has totaled more than 65,000 COVID-19 cases related to K-12 public and private schools, according to the Florida Department of Health. That state data, released late last week, came on the same day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced […]

DeSantis: Intense cold weather across the nation delays Moderna shipment to FL

By: - February 17, 2021

As some areas in the United States continue to push through life-threatening cold weather and power outages, the severe winter weather has impacted COVID vaccine distribution to Florida. “Its not a great day here in Florida, weather-wise, but it’s a heck of a lot worse in other parts of the country,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis […]

FL expands state exam schedule for spring; critics opposed to any high stakes testing during the pandemic

By: - February 16, 2021

Florida school districts will be given more time to schedule crucial state exams during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new emergency order from state education officials. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Monday signed the new order granting school districts a wider testing window to help schedule statewide assessments while maintaining social distancing protocols […]