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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.

Could FL’s special legislative session in late May include a broader abortion ban?

By: - May 3, 2022

Florida House Democrats said they would “not be surprised” to see a broader abortion ban come up in an upcoming May special session, following a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling showing the high court could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case. “I think they won’t be able to help themselves, honestly,” said […]

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Policy changes regarding opioid overdoses and seizures coming to FL schools

By: - May 2, 2022

New school health procedures are headed to Florida’s districts to address student opioid overdoses or seizures while in school. In a Friday memo, the Florida Department of Education notified school superintendents to inform school boards of “new responsibilities and considerations related to school health” following new laws from 2022 legislative session — one dealing with […]

FL tax watchdog finds $281 million in ‘budget turkeys’ added to 2022-23 budget

By: - May 2, 2022

A state budget watchdog organization has identified some $281 million in “budget turkeys” in the 2022-23 state budget, defined as items that were not “fully scrutinized and subjected to the budget process.” Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute, identified 166 appropriation item that qualify as budget turkeys in its annual report, which works to […]

Board of Education approves Sen. Manny Diaz as FL’s education commissioner

By: - April 29, 2022

Florida’s top education officials unanimously agreed to appoint Sen. Manny Diaz as the state’s next education commissioner, backing the recommendation made by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week. Although the state Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint the Miami-Dade state senator to the post during a board of Education meeting Friday, he won’t take the […]

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FL solar industry call DeSantis’ veto of net metering bill a ‘win’ for the clean energy

By: - April 28, 2022

Florida clean energy advocates and solar panel companies were pleasantly surprised when Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a highly controversial bill that critics warned would “decimate Florida’s growing rooftop solar industry.” Solar Tec Elec, a solar panel installation company in Florida, tweeted Thursday of Wednesday’s veto: “Excellent news for FL! WIN WIN WIN!” “A huge victory […]

Report: Florida starting teacher pay is increasing but average pay stagnates

By: - April 27, 2022

Florida’s ongoing efforts to boost starting salaries for public school teachers are making  a difference, as a new report ranks the state at 16th in the nation for starting teacher pay, up from 30th the year before. But national, statewide, and local teacher unions noted that Florida has made little progress toward raising the overall […]

Public still in the dark on why dozens of math textbooks were rejected by FL DOE

By: - April 27, 2022

Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Education claimed that it rejected 41 percent of math textbooks that could have gone out to school districts for classroom use. Those books allegedly incorporated problematic and impermissible topics. But nearly two weeks after statewide education officials rejected 54 math textbooks, the public is largely still in the […]

DeSantis, other state officials, go after university professors, tenure protections

By: - April 19, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran  scrutinized university professors, made claims about profs indoctrinating students and criticized the long-standing tenet of Florida’s traditional tenure system during a news conference Tuesday. The officials gathered for a bill signing — not at a state university or anywhere related to higher education […]

Vetting new math textbooks in FL: Some books got high scores but mysteriously were rejected

By: - April 19, 2022

Go Math! Florida Reveal Math. Thinking Mathematically. Those math textbooks and dozens more have been ditched by Florida’s Department of Education because some of the math books could indoctrinate students, according to the department. So far, state education officials aren’t explaining why —  to the media and even to educators and textbook companies. The department […]

FL education officials reject 54 math textbooks, claiming they “indoctrinate” kids

By: - April 15, 2022

Friday afternoon heading into a holiday weekend, statewide education officials announced that they rejected 54 math textbooks out of 132 — that’s 41 percent — claiming that some of the materials attempt to “indoctrinate” kids with references to so-called critical race theory. “Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of […]

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U.S. Education Secretary Cardona pushes to tackle racial disparities in K-12 schools, colleges

By: - April 14, 2022

The U.S. Department of Education announced an “action plan” Thursday to reduce racial disparity in K-12 schools, including ways to improve academic achievement and boost funding for children of color who are behind compared to their peers. The plan’s effort also includes the nation’s higher education system, according to a USDE press release.  “We need […]

Omicron BA.2 makes up 86% of new COVID cases nationally; FL cases begin to rise

By: - April 13, 2022

The more-catchable subvariant of COVID-19 called BA.2 heavily dominates previous strains of the virus and represents 85.9 percent of new COVID cases in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. According to federal data released this week, other variants of COVID make up only 14.1 percent of new cases. Keep in […]