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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.

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 […]

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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 […]

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Educators are grappling: Some FL teachers want the COVID vaccine ASAP, but others are hesitant

By: - December 18, 2020

In almost 40 years of teaching, Deborah St. John, a high school English teacher in Central Florida, has to face a pandemic and a decision on whether to get the new COVID vaccine. Administrators have been “bending over backwards” to help keep her school safe, she said, but in St. John’s eyes, she wants to […]

Gov. DeSantis pushes ahead on vaccines in long-term care facilities, saying, ‘We didn’t want to see delays’

By: - December 16, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Health and the Division of Emergency Management to begin vaccinating residents of long-term care facilities starting Wednesday — ahead of the plans of CVS and Walgreens to begin vaccinating those populations by Monday. “We wanted to cut through bureaucracy,” the governor announced in a news conference […]

FL lawmaker urges U.S. Congress to support veterans’ mental health and fund suicide prevention efforts

By: - December 15, 2020

A state lawmaker has filed a “House Memorial” bill, hoping to bring more attention to the mental health crisis of veterans and the prevention of veteran suicides. Florida House Rep. Matt Willhite, a Democrat who represents part of Palm Beach County, filed HM 71, urging the U.S. Congress to “recognize the current crisis of veteran […]

Uncertainty about COVID trends complicates enrollment forecast for the 2020-21 school year

By: - December 11, 2020

State officials are struggling to calculate what COVID-19 will mean for Florida’s schools during the academic year that begins next fall. In fact, a meeting held Friday to figure that out ended before some of the state’s top number crunchers reached definitive conclusions. “We are in uncharted territory here, because we are trying to forecast […]

Will a former national teacher union president be the next U.S. Education Secretary?

By: - December 10, 2020

As President-elect Joe Biden continues to roll-out nominees for his top Cabinet posts, the U.S. Secretary of Education position is still unknown. But one particular candidate is getting more news coverage, as well as some criticisms. Lily Eskelsen García served as president of the National Education Association until she stepped down a few months ago. […]

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Nearly 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 related to FL schools during the week following Thanksgiving break

By: - December 9, 2020

The Florida Department of Health has listed nearly 4,000 new COVID-19 cases related to Florida schools during the week following Thanksgiving break. The data includes public and private K-12 schools and college and universities and spans the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5. Overall, 33,422 cases of COVID-19 have been associated with Florida schools […]

As more Biden administration picks roll in, the future U.S. Secretary of Education remains a mystery

By: - December 7, 2020

Current U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been criticized over numerous issues during the Trump administration, and many public school educators and teacher unions are excited to see her leave. But who will replace DeVos is still a mystery. President-elect Joe Biden has been making appointments in a variety of positions, but the top […]

The 2020 hurricane season was expected to have ‘above normal’ activity but surpassed forecast

By: - November 27, 2020

What was expected to be a busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will soon come to a close, surpassing initial predictions for the number of named storms and hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a high probability that the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season would have higher than normal storm activity. The 2020 hurricane […]

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Almost 2,200 K-12 students tested positive for COVID-19 last week in FL schools as Thanksgiving gatherings approach

By: - November 25, 2020

There were 3,655 new COVID-19 cases related to Florida public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities during the week of Nov. 15 through Nov. 21, according to state data. Given what we know about the ease of COVID transmission, there’s a not unreasonable chance that those kids could share the virus during with family […]

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Educators, families, are waiting on a ‘revised’ emergency order on how FL schools will function next semester

By: - November 24, 2020

It’s been almost a week since Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said he would revise an emergency order on reopening schools to give flexibility to families who want their kids in online learning next semester, and not in face-to-face instruction at traditional schools. But details remain unclear, with families, educators, and teacher unions waiting for the […]