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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.

Report: COVID-19 has traumatized America’s teenagers and they need help to cope

By: - June 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced closure of public schools and imposition of distance learning, has traumatized American teenagers and caused them to fear for their health and family finances, according to a survey released this week. Among the 3,300 teenagers who participated in the Center for Promise’s online survey, almost 80 percent reported participating […]

TaxWatch asks Gov. DeSantis to veto $136.3 million in ‘budget turkeys’

By: - June 12, 2020

A state budget watchdog organization has identified $136.3 million in spending that it says was added to the $93.2 billion state budget for 2020 outside of the formal rules and urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto those projects. Florida TaxWatch identified 180 “turkeys,” which it defines as items placed in the budget “in individual line-items […]

Gov. DeSantis, Ed Commissioner Corcoran, announce millions to help reopen FL’s public schools

By: - June 11, 2020

After weeks of little to vague guidance from the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced hundreds of millions of federal dollars to fortify and reopen public schools that have been closed for months. “The message should be loud and clear,” Corcoran said. “What we are saying, with a strong recommendation to […]

Top education officials testify in Congress on racial and academic disparities as states grapple to reopen schools

By: - June 10, 2020

Two state Education Commissioners and a former U.S. Secretary of Education testified virtually to the U.S. Senate Wednesday on how to safely reopen schools, with academic equity and racial disparity coming to the forefront of the conversation. The education officials told U.S. senators that the COVID-19 crisis coupled by  schools shutting down has worsened issues […]

FL’s top education official — Richard Corcoran — has yet to announce plans for the 2020-21 school year

By: - June 5, 2020

With only about two months before the start of the next school year, Florida’s top education official — Commissioner Richard Corcoran — has yet to address the public about what to expect from the 2020-21 school year. That leaves school districts, teachers, parents, and students in the dark for what fall semester will entail at […]

Schools

School superintendent in the state capital calls on governor, education commissioner: ‘Please send our children back to school’

By: - June 4, 2020

School Supt. Rocky Hanna in Florida’s state capital called Thursday on Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to bring students back to school in August. “Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran, I know you’re watching live right now, as well. Please send our children back to school. We want them back,” said Hanna, whose […]

DeSantis finally addresses Florida protests; reports ‘largely peaceful’ demonstrations

By: - June 2, 2020

Days after Floridians began protesting police brutality, Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the killing of George Floyd but added that Florida has “zero tolerance” for rioting and looting. “Florida has zero tolerance for violence, rioting & looting. George Floyd’s murder was appalling & the MN perpetrators need to be brought to justice, but this cannot be […]

Plan to reopen schools during COVID-19 leaves plenty up to local discretion

By: - June 2, 2020

A committee of educators has recommended continued use of digital learning, boosting mental health resources, smaller class sizes, and moving teachers instead of students to limit spread of COVID-19 when Florida reopens its public schools. The panel, in releasing its recommendations Tuesday, left ample room for districts and schools to individually respond to the disease […]

‘Above-normal’ Atlantic hurricane season expected, with a tax holiday to stock up on supplies

By: - June 1, 2020

The first day of hurricane season begins Monday, with experts projecting a busy Atlantic hurricane season. Meanwhile, Floridians can take advantage of the state’s hurricane sales tax holiday to stock up on supplies. The tax holiday began on May 29 and will continue to June 4. The Florida Department of Revenue released a list of disaster […]

The traditional opening of public schools in FL may no longer mean August

By: - May 29, 2020

Educators and other key officials working on how to safely reopen K-12 schools in Florida considered the possibility on Friday that it may not be safe to reopen schools right away. “We need to be able to consider alternative calendars. It might not be possible for students to begin in August,” said Carol Cleaver, an […]

Lawmakers get A through F grades — from a progressive point of view — and many GOP members flunked

By: - May 29, 2020

No surprise: Republican Florida House Speaker José Oliva, who has pushed a conservative to libertarian agenda through the state House, got one of the lowest grades of all in an analysis by the Progress Florida organization. Oliva got a 37 percent — an F. The more moderate Republican Senate President — Bill Galvano — got […]

Schools

FL officials hold closed meetings on logistics of opening schools, leaving the press and public in the dark

By: - May 27, 2020

Ten groups discussing how to best reopen Florida’s K-12 schools and colleges were closed to the press and public on Tuesday, raising questions about transparency as families try to manage a new academic year during the coronavirus pandemic. The Florida Phoenix got a notice from the Florida Education Association, collaborating with the United Faculty of […]