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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.

high school classroom, school, education

Number of K-12 COVID infections lower compared to week before; overall infections nearly 50,000

By: - January 20, 2021

The Phoenix reported earlier this week that the Florida Department of Health had identified 4,789 COVID cases related to Florida’s K-12 public and private schools from Jan. 3 through Jan. 9 – the first week of the 2021 spring semester. But a new round of data, posted Wednesday, shows fewer cases from K-12 schools between […]

College Board ditching optional essay on the SAT college entrance exam, among other changes

By: - January 19, 2021

The College Board, best known for the SAT college entrance exam and Advanced Placement exams for high school kids, will stop providing several assessments to  “reduce demands on students,” according to the company. In an announcement Tuesday, the New York-based College Board said that it will discontinue the optional essay that comes with the SAT […]

Nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases related to FL K-12 schools in first week of spring semester

By: - January 19, 2021

Two weeks ago, Florida’s K-12 schools resumed for the 2020-21 academic year while the COVID-19 pandemic continued. Students and teachers returned to their classrooms or logged in to online learning platforms. But in the week Florida students started the 2021 spring semester, 4,786 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Florida Department of Health. The […]

Former Broward school administrator indicted for felony bid tampering

By: - January 14, 2021

A former top Broward school administrator has been indicted for bid tampering and unlawful compensation, part of a statewide grant jury probe into bidding irregularities. The grand jury indicted Anthony Hunter on Jan. 7, over the purchase of thousands of Recordex interactive panels for Broward County schools. The interactive display boards are high tech and […]

State Capitol

FL Capitol is not the most likely of targets, but authorities are on alert for potential violence

By: and - January 14, 2021

Capitol authorities in Tallahassee say they don’t know if protesters will gather in large numbers in coming days or how they intend to behave, but Florida lawmakers are leaving town — having completed their committee work this week — and instructed their staff members to work remotely at least through Martin Luther King Day on […]

high school classroom, school, education

After 6 months of sparring, state teacher union drops lawsuit over reopening FL schools during COVID

By: - January 13, 2021

Six months ago, educators and families were trying to figure out where kids would be going to school and how they would be learning — at home or in a traditional classroom — as the COVID-19 pandemic continued. In the state capital, things were getting messy, as Florida’s Education Commissioner signed an emergency order over […]

‘Good Riddance’ — Nationwide teacher unions say farewell to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

By: - January 8, 2021

U.S. Secretary of Education for the Trump administration Betsy DeVos has submitted her resignation letter following the riot by extremist Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol building, roughly two weeks before the end of Donald Trump’s term. Two nationwide teacher unions are happy to see DeVos out the door. Randi Weingarten, president of the American […]

Billions in additional federal COVID funds announced to help reopen U.S. schools

By: - January 6, 2021

More than $54 billion in additional federal COVID relief money will support reopening of schools across the nation, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. In a letter to state education commissioners, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos argued that there is “no excuse” that so many U.S. students are “locked out” from in-person instruction, […]

FL schools begin 2021 spring semester in pandemic; some 36,000 teachers, kids and staff got COVID in the fall

By: - January 6, 2021

As Florida school districts start the 2021 spring semester, some students will return to classrooms while others remain home for online instruction, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and potentially gets worse. As it stands now, a Phoenix analysis shows more than 36,000 cases of COVID-19 related to Florida’s public and private K-12 schools since […]

Florida will continue to target elderly population for COVID vaccine — despite advice from CDC panel

By: - December 21, 2020

Despite a federal advisory committee’s recommendation to prioritize front-line workers alongside people in the general public aged 75 and up in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, Gov. Ron DeSantis will focus those future doses on elderly Floridians. DeSantis called the recommendations a “huge mistake.” “The problem with that — as I see it — […]

FL Legislature lays out safety protocols for committee meetings; from COVID tests to virtual testimony

By: - December 18, 2020

If you want to participate in legislative politics next month you might have to give your testimony from a couple blocks away from the Florida Capitol building. That’s because, according to Senate COVID safety protocols for the January committee meetings, the general public will view and provide testimony remotely from the Donald L. Tucker Civic […]

Schools

As vaccines comes to FL, state data show more than 4,000 COVID cases related to schools last week

By: - December 18, 2020

While COVID vaccines promise some sense of nearing the end of the pandemic, most Floridians will not gain access to doses for quite some time. The coronavirus remains very much still a reality most Florida citizens. Including students and teachers, who are wrapping up an abnormal 2020 fall semester. Data from the Department of Health […]