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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.

Is DeSantis “scared” to state his stance on an all-out abortion ban?

By: - May 10, 2022

During a virtual press conference on looming threats to abortion access, Orlando Democrat Rep. Anna Eskamani said Gov. Ron DeSantis is “scared” to indicate whether he would support an all-out abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade case. “I wouldn’t say we’re fearful, we don’t operate in a place […]

DeSantis signs K-12 ‘Victims of Communism’ bill while railing against college-campus communists

By: - May 9, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday a measure creating a “Victims of Communism Day” at Florida’s public schools, though much of the discussion centered around what state officials believe to be a rise in communist sympathies at Florida’s college campuses. The bill in question, HB 395, establishes ‘Victims of Communism Day’ in Florida’s public […]

DeSantis: ‘Ideology’ found in rejected math texts; reviewers saw little evidence of CRT

By: - May 6, 2022

The Florida Department of Education has now posted the complaints that arose during its review of 132 math textbook bids, which resulted in its initial rejection of 54 of those books, some for including prohibited topics such as critical race theory. Out of thousands of pages of responses by people it enlisted to review the […]

transgender rights

Semantics and rhetoric: U.S. Sen. Rubio targets abortion access and transgender health care

By: - May 5, 2022

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is tying anti-transgender rhetoric to efforts to ban abortions, according to new legislation he’s filed and a recent tweet. This week, a leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion indicated that the high court will likely overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in […]

FL U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz: Some pro-abortion protesters are ‘over-educated, under-loved’ women

By: - May 4, 2022

Florida U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz took to Twitter to discredit women who rallied Tuesday in support of abortion rights as “over-educated” and “under-loved.” At 6:20 AM Wednesday, he tweeted: “How many of the women rallying against overturning Roe are over-educated, under-loved millennials who sadly return from protests to a lonely microwave dinner with their cats, […]

Protesters gather at the Florida Supreme Court steps in support of abortion rights

By: - May 3, 2022

More than 100 protesters gathered on the steps of the Florida Supreme Court building in the state capital to rally in support of upholding abortion protections threatened by a looming U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Among the chants in the crowd: “Our body, our choice.” “When abortion rights are under attack, what do we do?” a […]

Could FL’s special legislative session in late May include a broader abortion ban?

By: - May 3, 2022

Florida House Democrats said they would “not be surprised” to see a broader abortion ban come up in an upcoming May special session, following a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling showing the high court could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case. “I think they won’t be able to help themselves, honestly,” said […]

high school classroom, school, education

Policy changes regarding opioid overdoses and seizures coming to FL schools

By: - May 2, 2022

New school health procedures are headed to Florida’s districts to address student opioid overdoses or seizures while in school. In a Friday memo, the Florida Department of Education notified school superintendents to inform school boards of “new responsibilities and considerations related to school health” following new laws from 2022 legislative session — one dealing with […]

FL tax watchdog finds $281 million in ‘budget turkeys’ added to 2022-23 budget

By: - May 2, 2022

A state budget watchdog organization has identified some $281 million in “budget turkeys” in the 2022-23 state budget, defined as items that were not “fully scrutinized and subjected to the budget process.” Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute, identified 166 appropriation item that qualify as budget turkeys in its annual report, which works to […]

Board of Education approves Sen. Manny Diaz as FL’s education commissioner

By: - April 29, 2022

Florida’s top education officials unanimously agreed to appoint Sen. Manny Diaz as the state’s next education commissioner, backing the recommendation made by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week. Although the state Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint the Miami-Dade state senator to the post during a board of Education meeting Friday, he won’t take the […]

solar rooftop

FL solar industry call DeSantis’ veto of net metering bill a ‘win’ for the clean energy

By: - April 28, 2022

Florida clean energy advocates and solar panel companies were pleasantly surprised when Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a highly controversial bill that critics warned would “decimate Florida’s growing rooftop solar industry.” Solar Tec Elec, a solar panel installation company in Florida, tweeted Thursday of Wednesday’s veto: “Excellent news for FL! WIN WIN WIN!” “A huge victory […]

Report: Florida starting teacher pay is increasing but average pay stagnates

By: - April 27, 2022

Florida’s ongoing efforts to boost starting salaries for public school teachers are making  a difference, as a new report ranks the state at 16th in the nation for starting teacher pay, up from 30th the year before. But national, statewide, and local teacher unions noted that Florida has made little progress toward raising the overall […]