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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.

At least 14 FL school districts closed in preparation for Tropical Storm Fred

By: - August 16, 2021

Update: The Jefferson County school district was open Monday morning but closed at 12:30 p.m. due to weather, according to the Office of Emergency Management for the county. That brought the total county closures to 15. Just a week into the new academic school year, several Florida school districts decided to call off classes Monday […]

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Showdown over school masks: Broward school board stands firm; DOE calls emergency meeting Tuesday

By: - August 13, 2021

Broward County School Board Chair Rosalind Osgood believes that “the lives of the people in Broward county are invaluable,” and that’s why the board is standing firm on maintaining a mask mandate for the start of the school year, going against the DeSantis administration. Her comments come as Broward and another district, Alachua, are now […]

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Some families are already looking to leave their current public schools due to “COVID Harassment”

By: - August 12, 2021

Some families in Alachua County’s public school district are already pursuing taxpayer-funded scholarships to transfer their kids to private schools because of  “COVID harassment.”  They could also transfer their children to public schools within the same district or to another district if there’s room. That’s allowed under a new rule that expands who can apply […]

Comments on DeSantis’s Facebook page reveal a microcosm of discourse in FL

By: - August 11, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a fairly standard press conference Wednesday to kick off the new school year, streaming the event onto his Facebook page. But the comments section came alive with political conversations from Floridians and others. Those comments provided a wide-ranging sampling of opinions about the governor, his handling of the pandemic,  and the […]

FL school openings come with continued mask debates, struggles over autonomy; some districts pushing back, going to court

By: - August 10, 2021

The Broward School Board has voted to keep its mask mandate, according to news outlets in South Florida. In a twitter post from WPLG 10 said: “school board members lashed out at @GovRonDeSantisWPLG for what they call overreach, following his executive order to make masks optional, defunding threats as well as withholding salaries of school […]

New school year: FL teachers, families, politicians face acrimony as relentless COVID continues

By: - August 10, 2021

For most Florida school districts, Tuesday is the first day of school for the 2021-22 academic year, a time of confusion, uncertainty and acrimony as the pandemic continues and educators struggle to mitigate COVID-19’s impact in the classroom. Education and politics are now entwined and local school boards — who have power under the Florida […]

State Board of Ed okays private school transfers for public kids experiencing ‘COVID-19 harassment’

By: - August 6, 2021

In a growing controversy over masks at schools, the Florida Board of Education approved a new rule Friday to allow public school students to transfer to private schools if their families are against COVID-19 safety measures, including masks. Effective immediately, families can apply for taxpayer-funded scholarships designed to help students suffering from bullying and other […]

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What is ‘COVID-19 Harassment’? FL Board of Ed to vote on new rule within hours

By: - August 6, 2021

The Florida Board of Education within hours will be voting on whether to allow students to transfer to private schools if their families disapprove of COVID-19 safety measures at public schools. As part of the discussion, the board has created a new proposed rule,  called “COVID-19 harassment.” And it is largely about masks at public […]

State Board of Ed: Kids could go to private schools if families dislike public COVID policies

By: - August 5, 2021

Florida’s State Board of Education plans to hold an emergency meeting Friday to allow public school students to transfer to private schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and threatens the start of the school year next week. Under a rule from the education agency, families would be able to make the transfer if they believe […]

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Volusia schools settle with feds over ‘systemic discrimination against students with disabilities’

By: - August 4, 2021

A federal investigation that lead to a settlement confirmed that the Volusia County School District disciplined students with disabilities in an overtly punitive way. They excluded the children from the district’s education program and they removed kids from their classrooms with use of suspensions, law enforcement involvement, and a mental health law, known as the Baker […]

Statewide science scores in 5th and 8th grades dropped during the pandemic

By: - August 3, 2021

Statewide science exams covering everything from earth and space science to physical science took a hit during the pandemic, with average passing rates lower than 50 percent for 5th and 8th graders. In 5th grade, 47 percent of students passed the state science exam in 2021, compared to 53 percent in 2019. (Florida didn’t administer […]

$25 million dollars could be paid out to the victims and others from the 2018 Parkland shooting

By: - August 3, 2021

Victims and others related to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 could be compensated for the tragic event, according to legislation filed this week. The bill by State Sen. Joe Gruters, a Republican representing Sarasota County and part of Charlotte, could be considered in the 2022 legislative session starting in […]