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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 Legislature 2021: Thousands of schoolchildren can’t read proficiently; Lawmakers want to help fix that

By: - February 16, 2021

In some parts of Florida, from impoverished communities to affluent areas, many children are struggling with reading, a foundational skill that paves the way to student success. But abysmal state test scores reveal that many Florida students are far behind. In Gadsden County in North Florida, only 10 percent of children who took a 3rd […]

FL districts told to use state plans as CDC releases guidance for school reopenings during COVID

By: - February 12, 2021

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran says that new CDC guidance on reopening schools safely is “informative” — but school districts and private schools should ultimately use Florida’s own guidelines. With most of Florida schools in brick-and-mortar classrooms since August, it’s easy to forget that not all schools in the United States have launched in-person instruction […]

Florida has not prioritized teachers for COVID vaccines, but 27 other states have

By: - February 11, 2021

As of Thursday, over half of U.S. states allow some or all teachers to be eligible for COVID vaccines, according to data from Education Week. But not Florida. Despite brick-and-mortar schools being ordered to open since August of 2020, Florida’s educators are not in line for shots. Data from Education Week, as of Thursday, reports […]

New vaccine program faces dilemma: No Winn-Dixie, Walmart, Publix in some FL counties, sidelining residents

By: and - February 10, 2021

A new federal-state vaccine program has already hit roadblocks: The new vaccine sites for residents are stationed at Winn-Dixie, Walmart and Publix  locations with pharmacies, but several counties have none of those stores, the Florida Phoenix found. And a handful of counties that have such stores, somehow aren’t participating in the new program. It’s a […]

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More than 60,000 COVID cases related to FL K-12 public and private schools raise questions about safety

By: - February 8, 2021

With new data from the first month of the 2021 spring semester, the total number of school-related COVID cases has risen to 60,690, which includes both public and private K-12 schools in Florida. The figure is based on COVID cases from Sept. 6 through Jan. 30, according to a Phoenix analysis of data from the […]

State will protect Floridians regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation

By: - February 5, 2021

Earlier this week, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, a state agency responsible for addressing civil rights violations and discrimination, confirmed its responsibility to protect Floridians experiencing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And Florida’s LGBTQ community is celebrating. Equality Florida, an advocacy group, held a virtual town hall over Facebook live on […]

FL Legislature 2021: Lawmakers will face trying times over the state of education, with COVID omnipresent

By: - February 4, 2021

Parents lined up before Florida senators Wednesday to support vouchers for children to attend private schools with public dollars. But critics say lawmakers should focus on the nearly 2.8 million kids who attend public schools. The simmering public-private debate is just one aspect of what will be a unique legislative session in 2021, with the […]

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COVID cases related to FL K-12 schools have surpassed the 50,000 mark in a just a little over a semester

By: - February 1, 2021

COVID-19 cases related to Florida’s public and private K-12 schools have surpassed the 50,000 mark during the pandemic, with at least 55,453 infections since early September through mid January, according to a Florida Phoenix analysis. In the most recent update by the Florida Department of Health, the breakout shows 41,573 student cases, 4,463 teacher COVID […]

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Tens of thousands of FL students are unaccounted for during the pandemic. Where are they?

By: - January 29, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic upended schools in the 2019-20 academic year, student enrollment was expected to go down. In fact, across all districts, Florida’s 2020-21 school population has dropped by nearly 70,000 students compared to last school year, according to Florida Department of Education data. Now, educators and lawmakers are trying to figure out where […]

Will legislation in FL stifle or encourage free speech on college campuses?

By: - January 26, 2021

Lawmakers will take up political censorship, threats to free speech and conservatism vs. liberal ideas at colleges and university campuses in the 2021 legislative session, as a new bill aims to measure intellectual diversity in higher education. State Sen. Ray Rodrigues, a Republican who represents part of Lee County, is the sponsor of Senate Bill […]

FL’s public school nurses are on the front line and can get COVID vaccines — but not all are taking the shots

By: - January 26, 2021

While frontline healthcare workers in hospitals and other facilities have gotten priority for COVID vaccines, not everyone knows that Florida’s school nurses are eligible for the shots as well. School nurses not only have regular duties but also handle COVID-19 issues, from reporting and isolating potentially infected students to identifying and notifying people who may […]

Biden pushes for billions to “safely reopen” schools in 100 days; educators cautious and challenges lie ahead

By: - January 21, 2021

With schooling a challenge in the pandemic, President Joe Biden and his administration will be pushing for billions to get a majority of the nation’s K-8 schools open in 100 days. That would encompass about three months of the spring semester — close to the end of the school year —  and some teacher unions […]