Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University. She has served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine and Rowland Publishing. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat.

Fox News asked to revise a teacher union ad criticizing Trump, McConnell on reopening schools

By: - August 26, 2020

UPDATE: The Florida Phoenix reached out to Fox on Wednesday afternoon. Fox responded at 10:48 p.m. Wednesday in a statement related to the AFT ad. The statement said, in part: “Fox News did not reject the ad. The network asked for AFT to revise the ad for accuracy and instead of receiving a revised spot, […]

FEA lawsuit backed by a wall of national and local teacher unions

By: - August 25, 2020

In a continuing legal battle over who’s in charge of reopening public schools during COVID-19, the Florida Education Association has collected a line of support from a national teachers union and local teacher unions across the state. In a legal brief, 35 teacher unions in Florida, as well as the nationwide American Federation of Teachers […]

Governor, Education Commissioner balk at judge’s ruling and file appeal to keep public schools open

By: - August 24, 2020

Within hours of what was considered a court win in a crucial case over school reopenings, a fight continues over who’s in charge of Florida public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leon Circuit Judge Charles Dodson on Monday granted a temporary injunction to block a requirement that would force districts to reopen brick-and-mortar schools during […]

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Judge grants temporary injunction to allow local districts — not the state — to decide if public schools will open

By: - August 24, 2020

Leon Circuit Judge Charles Dodson on Monday granted a temporary injunction to block a requirement that would force districts to reopen brick-and-mortar schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. That would be unconstitutional, according to the judge. The ruling — a decision backed by the Florida Constitution and a case with national implications — is a win […]

A judge faces a crucial decision amid COVID-19, a Constitutional clash and power over public schools

By: - August 24, 2020

In Florida’s state capital, Leon Circuit Judge Charles Dodson faces a daunting task. He’s taking on a clash between the language of the Florida Constitution and the powers of local school boards, against a state emergency order that mandates school buildings be open at least five days a week during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s all […]


NAACP groups join lawsuit over opening brick-and-mortar schools

By: - August 18, 2020

Two civil rights organizations — the NAACP and the NAACP – Florida State Conference — have joined the Florida Education Association and other plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit against reopening brick-and-mortar schools during the pandemic. The lawsuit challenges a controversial emergency order signed by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, which mandates that all brick-and-mortar public schools […]

In-person voting on primary day: ‘People are in fear that something will happen, so they don’t want to come out.’

By: , and - August 18, 2020

In a typical election, the St. Louis Catholic Church on the north side of Tallahassee would have a line of people waiting to cast their votes. But this year, during COVID-19, in-person voting has significantly decreased. The clerk working, who wished to be referred to as Mrs. Boykin, has twenty years of experience in working […]

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After one week of schools opening, COVID-19 has begun seeping into school buildings

By: - August 17, 2020

Some Florida districts opened their school doors less than a week ago, and already, they’re reporting COVID-19 cases on their campuses — having to quarantine teachers and students. At least four districts of 67 districts in Florida have reported COVID-19 cases. They are Bradford, Manatee, Seminole and Suwannee, according to Phoenix interviews, news reports and […]

The reprieve is over: FL students will have to take state exams in 2020-21, even in a pandemic

By: - August 14, 2020

Earlier this year, Florida public school students got a reprieve from taking standardized exams, as the COVID-19 crisis was emerging. But that reprieve is over. The Florida Department of Education confirmed Friday in a memo that standardized tests will be a part of the school calendar in 2020-21. The statewide exams for reading, math and […]

Lawsuit on reopening FL public schools will continue

By: - August 14, 2020

A judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit over the reopening of public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue. Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials — defendants in the case — had hoped to get the lawsuit dismissed, but that didn’t happen. The Florida Education Association filed the lawsuit in late July, saying that […]

From masks to fewer kids in classes, one superintendent’s thoughts on the first days of school in a pandemic

By: - August 12, 2020

In Florida’s Hamilton County, straddling the Georgia line, School Supt. Rex Mitchell talks about his 41st first day of school in 2020-21, an extraordinary time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s prepared his brick-and-mortar schools with new safety measures and procedures to help combat the spread of transmission. Classes started Monday, with many kids wearing […]

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Confusion over which brick-and-mortar public schools in FL are opening

By: - August 11, 2020

For sure, Martin County School District in southeast Florida opened school doors to students on Tuesday. But with constant fluctuation about starting dates during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s confusion on which public school districts are opening or not. Earlier in the morning, The Florida Department of Education shared a tweet saying that “18 Florida school […]