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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.

State Capitol

‘A surprise to all of us’: Reactions to DeSantis’ call for special session on vaccines mandates

By: - October 21, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ sudden announcement to call a special session to impose restrictions on COVID vaccine mandates pushed by President Joe Biden has blindsided much of Florida’s political world. It comes at a time when lawmakers are in legislative committee meetings leading up to the regular  session just months away. That session starts Jan. 11. […]

DeSantis squares off against feds over potential threats to school officials

By: - October 20, 2021

A couple weeks ago, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking for help in dealing with “the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation” against local school board members. “School board meetings have been disrupted in California, Florida, Georgia and other states because of local directives […]

For decades, only two women have been FL Senate presidents; Sen. Passidomo will be the third

By: - October 20, 2021

The portraits of previous Florida Senate presidents hang on the wall in the Senate gallery, showcasing the overwhelming number of males who have held those leadership roles. Going back decades, only two women have been Senate presidents in the Florida Legislature. But Tuesday, the Florida Senate designated its next president as Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, a […]

Schools

Some school districts sold on strict mask mandates are now softening their policies

By: - October 19, 2021

Whether it’s a decline in COVID-19 cases, the ability to vaccinate students as young as 12 or intense pressure from state officials, tough mask mandates are softening in some public school districts in Florida. As for the eight school districts under scrutiny for months over strict mask mandates, even some of those districts have made […]

U.S. sees uptick in anti-Asian hate; FL Dems want students to learn about Asian American history

By: - October 15, 2021

Following 18 months of hate, violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Asian immigrants, three Florida lawmakers want to incorporate the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders into the state’s curriculum. If approved by the Legislature and the governor, the AAPI courses and other materials would be added to required instruction under Florida law, […]

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COVID’s impacts on student mental health are ‘widespread and deeply concerning’

By: - October 14, 2021

The turbulent and stressful COVID-19 crisis has impacted mental health issues, including instances of suicidal thoughts among students who have had to deal with the trauma of trying to learn during the pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on student mental health are widespread and deeply concerning,” the Department of Education’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil […]

University of Florida

Will new dashboard focused on financial factors help or hurt students in picking college majors?

By: - October 12, 2021

Come January, Florida students interested in attending a state university will have a new dashboard to consider if a specific college major is worth pursuing based on median student loan debt, salaries and other financial outcomes. It’s called “My Florida Future,” and the idea is “to assist students and families in making better informed decisions […]

FL allows 16-year-olds to withdraw from school with parent permission but most other states don’t

By: - October 12, 2021

In the state of Pennsylvania, students are required to attend school until age 18. That’s the case for South Dakota too. And California. And Kansas. In fact, 24 states and Washington, D.C., require students to attend school until the age of 18. And a handful more set that age to at least 17, according to […]

Fried wants feds to block DeSantis administration from ‘defunding’ schools

By: - October 8, 2021

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has called upon the Biden administration to use the “full weight of the federal government” to stop Gov. Ron DeSantis from “defunding” Florida schools. Fried, a Democrat who is a gubernatorial candidate for 2022, held a press conference Friday to discuss what she called a “troubling trend” within the DeSantis […]

Schools

State will dock salaries from 8 elected school boards due to their strict mask policies

By: - October 7, 2021

Eight school district superintendents pled their cases Thursday to the State Board of Education, to keep strict mask mandates in their districts for the safety of children and staff. Instead, they were punished and it was expected, following Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s earlier recommendations. In a conference call meeting, the State Board of Education on […]

About time: FL Department of Education submits a state plan to the feds worth $2.3 billion in COVID relief for schools

By: - October 7, 2021

The Florida Department of Education has finally submitted a plan outlining how federal relief funds will be used to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is four months late and Florida was the last state in the nation to submit one. On the line is $2.3 billion in additional COVID relief funds, […]

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Thousands of students tested positive for COVID since August but info is still scarce, imperfect

By: - October 7, 2021

Since the start of the 2021-22 school year, at least 9,210 public school students tested positive for COVID-19 in Hillsborough County schools in the Tampa Bay area — the highest number of student cases from an analysis of about half the districts in Florida. Orange County School District followed, with 5,529 student cases since the […]