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.

Proposed civics standards for FL schools don’t mention the word slavery

By: - May 28, 2021

Following the George Floyd murder and the national discussion over “critical race theory” — which encompasses slavery, segregation and institutionalized racism — Florida’s proposed civics standards for school don’t mention the word slavery. What is mentioned is the famous phrase: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That’s noted as “God-given rights expressed in the […]

FL’s COVID school year: ‘A year that they will never forget — probably don’t want to ever have to repeat’

By: - May 27, 2021

The 2020-21 academic year is wrapping up for Florida schools across the state — a relief from fears, struggles and exhaustion. Throughout the year, educators, parents and students faced disruptions in education due to quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic, stresses about academic achievement, worries about students falling behind and the threat of students or teachers […]

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The tumultuous 2020-21 school year will end with more than 115,000 cases of COVID-19 in FL’s K-12 schools

By: - May 26, 2021

The first full academic year under the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to a tumultuous close in Florida schools, with more than 115,000 infections accounted for by students, teachers, staff and others. But while the numbers continued to rise throughout 2020-21, the Florida Department of Health’s COVID updates in schools became a difficult task, the Phoenix […]

TaxWatch identifies $157.5 million in ‘budget turkeys’ improperly added to 2021-22 Florida budget

By: - May 24, 2021

Florida TaxWatch, an independent budget watchdog organization, has identified more than $157.5 million in  so-called “budget turkeys” that it says the Legislature included outside the formal rules within its $101.5 billion budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The group urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto these projects because they did not receive proper scrutiny during […]

‘I wish I could feel better about our progress’: Panel recaps FL legislative session’s harm to minority communities

By: - May 21, 2021

Nearing the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minnesota, a Florida lawmaker and local officials and community members gathered via Zoom in Palm Beach County to reflect about Florida’s 2021 legislative session’s implications for racial and LGBTQ equity. Progressive efforts to quash bills penalizing transgender athletes […]

Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy and other Central Florida contenders want to unseat U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

By: - May 21, 2021

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat once on the shortlist for vice president and a tough adversary during the U.S. House impeachment inquiry into then-President Donald Trump, is signaling that she’ll take on U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022. Media outlets earlier this week posted stories about a Demings v. Rubio race, and Demings tweeted: […]

Rally against gambling expansion at state Capitol: ‘Keep Florida family friendly. No Casinos!’

By: and - May 18, 2021

Carrying signs saying “No More Casinos!” and “This is All Unconstitutional!,” about 100 Floridians trekked to the state Capitol Tuesday to protest a multi-billion dollar gambling compact that is coming close to fruition in the Legislature. “We have concerns that this is sidestepping what the voters voted on with Amendment 3,” said Joey McKinnon, who […]

Gaming compact appeared to open the door for teens 18+ to play fantasy sports, but lawmakers are closing it

By: - May 18, 2021

In several states, 18, 19 and 20-year-olds play fantasy sports, but lawmakers in Florida are pushing back, instead setting a minimum age of 21 for the contests as they shape new gambling regulations — part of a compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. But businesses operating the popular fantasy sports platforms, […]


Amid final stretch of 2020-21 school year, districts may change mask protocols after new CDC guidance

By: - May 14, 2021

Florida school districts are reconsidering mask protocols following an update this week from federal health officials saying residents fully vaccinated for COVID no longer have to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings. School administrators are reviewing the details and some are considering whether to lift mask mandates just weeks before the final days of […]

FSU president candidates include several FL names, but so far only one woman in the running

By: - May 13, 2021

With FSU president John Thrasher stepping down soon, Florida State University is looking at nine candidates for its next president, a mixture of Floridians and out-of-state candidates but only one woman in the running. It also appears that only one Black male is in the mix. Some candidates have well-known Florida names in Tallahassee, including […]

Tweens in middle school and high school could soon get COVID vaccines. Will their parents let them?

By: and - May 12, 2021

Ahmed Forehand is hesitant about allowing his 13-year-old son to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. His son attends middle school in Leon County, where the school district has been hosting mobile vaccination clinics for students, faculty, staff, and the public.  “My opinion is there’s not enough research supporting the reason to get vaccinated,” Forehand said in […]

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DeSantis signs school-choice bill that lets more kids into private schools on public dollars

By: - May 11, 2021

More Florida families will have the opportunity to send their children to private schools on public dollars now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved legislation raising cap on the household income eligibility to participate in school choice scholarship programs. During a press conference Tuesday, DeSantis signed HB 7045 into law as Republican officials including bill […]