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Gov. Ron DeSantis taps Tampa investment firm leader for university oversight board

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week appointed Ken Jones, the head of a Tampa investment firm, to the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system.



a couple of people that are standing in front of a building: Ken Jones, named this week to the Florida Board of Governors, speaks at a 2013 news conference about the economic impact of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.


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Ken Jones, named this week to the Florida Board of Governors, speaks at a 2013 news conference about the economic impact of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Jones runs Third Lake Partners and is set to join the Board of Governors upon confirmation from the Florida Senate. He is a former practicing lawyer and served as the CEO of the host committee that brought the 2012 Republican National Convention to Tampa. He was recently named to the executive committee of the 2021 Super Bowl Host Committee.

The Board of Governors directs policy for Florida’s many public universities, including the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of South Florida. This year, members have

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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown now putting all college basketball programs in state at disadvantage

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown kicked up her game this week. She’s graduated from selectively distributing exemptions to putting every Division I basketball program in our state at a competitive disadvantage.

Well, at least it’s fair.

The University of Portland and Portland State basketball programs still have not received their exemptions to play games and hold full-scrimmage practices. Gov. Brown wrote in a statement on Nov. 4, “I am extending the Pac-12 exemption for college athletics to all Division I schools in Oregon because it is only fair to give Portland State University and the University of Portland the same opportunity that Oregon’s Pac-12 schools have had.”

Except, nearly three weeks later, still no exemption. Now, that stubborn stance is about to affect Oregon and Oregon State.

Gov. Brown’s office and the Oregon Health Authority have offered feedback to UP and PSU. The universities have reviewed those directives, offered to comply

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom sets 10 p.m. curfew; CDC discourages travel; 15 college football games canceled this week

The U.S. death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 250,000, including 1,700 reported Wednesday alone. Hospitalizations across the nation have exploded, with almost 80,000 Americans now receiving inpatient treatment.

COVID-19 has now killed a quarter of a million Americans

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Happy Thanksgiving? Not so much.

New York canceled its massive Thanksgiving Day parade weeks ago. Houston followed suit and Detroit is planning a virtual event as well.

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Many universities are urging students not to go home for the holidays, concerned about igniting a nationwide burst of new cases. Some schools are suggesting that students that do go home not come back, fearing an outbreak of infections on campus.



a man holding a sign: With a map of the country's COVID-19 outbreak behind her, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a task force briefing on Thursday.


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With a map of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak behind her, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, speaks

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Former Rep. Bill Dunn, who steered through Gov. Lee’s school voucher bill, to advise Tennessee education commissioner

Former state Rep. Bill Dunn, a Knoxville Republican who spent more than a quarter of a century in the Tennessee House, has been hired by Gov. Bill Lee as a special adviser on education.

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Lee’s office made the announcement of Dunn’s new role in the Department of Education just days into his retirement from the legislature. Dunn, who steered through the House the governor’s controversial education savings account legislation in 2019, announced last year he would not seek reelection to his seat.

He was the longest serving Republican in the House.

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Dunn’s new role, which he began Monday, is special adviser to Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

“Wherever I’m needed to move the ball down the field to make the future better for students, that’s where I’m going to be,” Dunn said in an

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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown shoots back on basketball blockade of Portland State and University of Portland

Oregon Governor Kate Brown doubled down on her decision to shut out the men’s and women’s basketball teams at University of Portland and Portland State. She continues to refuse to grant either Division-I university the same exemption she gave to Oregon and Oregon State weeks ago.

Why?

A spokesperson for Gov. Brown’s office, said on Tuesday, “Here is where Governor Brown’s focus is: Getting kids back in schools who haven’t been in a classroom since last spring. Finding a way for families to safely visit the loved ones in long term care facilities they haven’t seen since early March. Making sure Oregonians who lost everything to wildfires have a warm place to call home before winter. Bringing case counts under control so that we can keep businesses open.”

All very important things. All deserving of focus and attention. Also, all emotionally loaded. It’s a smokescreen really. I also support kids

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Canzano: University of Portland basketball programs preparing to hurdle Gov. Kate Brown and move out of state

The University of Portland is exploring out-of-state options that would allow its men’s and women’s basketball programs the ability to hold practices and host games, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.

I can’t say I’m surprised.

Also, not shocked that the State of Oregon won’t recognize the role it played in sweeping a couple of Division 1 college basketball programs across state lines.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown refused to grant UP the same exception that she gave to both Oregon and Oregon State last month. The Pilots submitted protocols and procedures that mirrored those of the Pac-12 universities, but were denied twice. The governor’s office said it simply isn’t issuing any new exemptions and asked the programs to try again in six to 12 weeks.

Basically, the governor would like UP’s athletes to go away. And it turns out, they are listening to her.

Again, you can ice skate and go bowling

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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown absent and out to lunch on college basketball stance

Turns out if that if the Portland State and University of Portland men’s and women’s basketball teams wanted to go bowling or ice skating, they could.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown must enjoy those activities. She cleared the way for them with an Executive Order. Now, she needs to get out of the way of the University of Portland and Portland State men’s and women’s basketball teams. They remain the only two out of the 350 Division I basketball programs in the country still not cleared to practice.

Why?

That’s the question. It’s a simple one. Gov. Brown hasn’t answered it. In fact, she hasn’t talked directly with anyone involved at either institution. Instead, she’s hid behind her spokespeople like an empty suit in charge of an underperforming office.

The state employment office is a mess. DMV is a disaster. Those are symptoms, folks. This college basketball inequity is, too. Oregon

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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is officially adrift in college sports sea

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown must be drowning. There’s no other reasonable explanation for what’s happening when it comes to the events of the last few weeks involving college athletes in our state.

I can’t imagine it’s enjoyable to be lobbied on the COVID-19 front by an assortment of business groups, political entities, schools, unions and citizens. Gov. Brown has to be buried in a sea of requests to re-open, re-asses and provide fresh guidelines.

It’s the only possible explanation.

As it stands, there are 350 Division I colleges in America. Only two of them are prohibited by their respective state from being allowed to practice basketball. Any guess which two are at a staggering competitive disadvantage as the college basketball season approaches?

Answer: Portland State and University of Portland.

Officials at both universities did not respond to requests for comment. Why would they? Both receive state funding. They’re essentially gagged.

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Ohio Education Association calls for Gov. Mike DeWine to release money for school safety from rainy day fund

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Ohio Education Association, which represents 122,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals, wants Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to issue money from the state’s rainy day fund to schools to protect children in the face of rising coronavirus cases.

Ohio broke another daily increase record on Wednesday, with 2,366 newly reported cases. Ohio has set the third record in a week for daily increases.

The group argues that schools need money to appropriately set up social distancing measures. President Scott DiMauro criticized the state’s school funding system for inequities in ensuring districts have the funds to respond to disasters like the pandemic.

“Because of Ohio’s unconstitutional, inequitable school funding system that has created huge state and local funding disparities, some districts are able to keep their communities safer than others,” DiMauro said in a press release. “Where Ohio’s students and educators live and work should not determine

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Gov. Baker launches virtual STEM week with MIT to highlight science and technology education

“Massachusetts is enormously lucky to have MIT among the constellation of amazing colleges and universities that are part of this Commonwealth,” Baker said during his remarks. “The opportunity it creates for knowledge, the opportunity it creates for discovery, the opportunity it creates for research, and the number of sort of big leaps and small steps into our future that come out of places like MIT here in the Commonwealth not only provides a significant amount of jobs and opportunity for people in Massachusetts, but also provides an incredible collection of ideas, gadgets, and solutions that ultimately end up being a big part of the way the world works.”

Cynthia Breazeal, associate director of the MIT Media Lab, also delivered opening remarks and highlighted the work her team has been doing to develop curriculum for students and teachers centered around artificial intelligence, or AI, and AI literacy.

The message of this

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