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John Whiteman, business leader and education advocate, dies



a man wearing a red shirt: John Whiteman led Empire Southwest and advocated for children's issues.


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John Whiteman led Empire Southwest and advocated for children’s issues.

John Whiteman helped build heavy-equipment seller Empire Southwest into one of the largest private companies in Arizona, employing roughly 1,900 people statewide. But friends and colleagues say they mainly remember him as a force for philanthropy, especially that focused on making life better for young children.

Whiteman, who died May 30 at age 79, was a force for early childhood education, improved health care for minors and protections against human trafficking.

“He had a genuine desire to help other people,” said son Jeffrey Whiteman, who succeeded his father as CEO of Empire Southwest, the Caterpillar equipment dealer for Arizona and southeast California. “That’s what he was all about — helping people and making things better.”

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Justin Hall could be Ball State football’s all-time receptions leader

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Ball State’s Justin Hall slips past Eastern Michigan’s defense during their game at Scheumann Stadium Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  (Photo: Jordan Kartholl/The Star Press)

MUNCIE, Ind. — When Justin Hall became a part of the Ball State football program, he knew he was going to play early, play hard whenever he was out on the field and devote himself to getting better whenever he was off of it.

The Georgia native didn’t need practices or games to instill that confidence in himself. All those years growing up playing basketball with his older brother and his older brother’s friends did that. Because although Hall’s older brother has three years on him, Hall said by about his eighth grade year he was catching up to those now-high schoolers who used to always be far better than him at everything.

And so, that’s how Hall has played for the Cardinals,

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We need a college leader as secretary of education



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We need a college leader as secretary of education

Of the last six U.S. secretaries of education, three rose up from K-12 systems, and three had little or no background in education. The last higher education leader in the role was Lamar Alexander, former president of the University of Tennessee, whom George H.W. Bush appointed in the early 1990s.

President-elect Biden has promised he’ll appoint a former schoolteacher to the post, and all the names under speculation come from K-12. But why not a college teacher?

While many people assume that the Department of Education focuses foremost on K-12 schools, annual federal spending on higher education (about $75 billion) nearly equals that spent on K-12 (about $79 billion). What’s more, several of our biggest national debates center on the federal role in higher education. With student loan debt exceeding $1.5 trillion, many Americans are questioning the value

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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.



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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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Biden’s education transition team gets California leader: Linda Darling-Hammond



Linda Darling-Hammond sitting in front of a book shelf: California Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond is heading President-elect Biden's education transition team. (Courtesy of Learning Policy Institute)


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California Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond is heading President-elect Biden’s education transition team. (Courtesy of Learning Policy Institute)

Linda Darling-Hammond, a leading figure in California education policy, is heading the education transition team for President-elect Joe Biden.

Darling-Hammond, 68, the president of the state Board of Education, said she would not accept the job of U.S. education secretary. Still, her role as leader of the transition suggests how Biden will likely move to alter policy, emphasizing stronger support for the nation’s public schools and their teachers.

The Stanford education professor emeritus has long stressed the importance of teacher quality, with research and advocacy that stresses the value of top-tier teacher preparation programs, continued professional development and retention in the profession.

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Going into 2020, she helped set priorities for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s increased funding for education that were sharply curtailed amid the

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3P Learning, a global leader in online education, partners with NWEA to connect curriculum and assessment to improve student outcomes in mathematics

SYDNEY, Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leading providers of online education and learning solutions 3P Learning (ASX: 3PL) and NWEA ® today announced a partnership to connect curriculum and assessment with the goal of improving student outcomes in mathematics helping to meet the needs of the modern classroom. To find out more information about 3P Learning visit: www.3plearning.com.au

NWEA is a US-based (Portland, OR) not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that measure student growth and proficiency. The agreement will see NWEA’s most trusted and innovative mathematics assessment solution *MAP® Growth™ partner with 3P Learning’s mathematics
curriculum aligned online program Mathletics ( www.mathletics.com ).

The combination of MAP® Growth™ assessment with the long-standing, evidence-based RIT* score allows schools to easily assess and helps teachers identify learning needs, plan for growth and provide appropriate and effective instruction to ensure every K-12 student has a strong foundation

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Biden’s education transition team gets California leader

Linda Darling-Hammond, a leading figure in California education policy, is heading the education transition team for President-elect Joe Biden.

Darling-Hammond, 68, the president of the state Board of Education, said she would not accept the job of U.S. education secretary. Still, her role as leader of the transition suggests how Biden will likely move to alter policy, emphasizing stronger support for the nation’s public schools and their teachers.

The Stanford education professor emeritus has long stressed the importance of teacher quality, with research and advocacy that stresses the value of top-tier teacher preparation programs, continued professional development and retention in the profession.

Going into 2020, she helped set priorities for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s increased funding for education that were sharply curtailed amid the coronavirus emergency.

She is the founding president of the Palo Alto-based Learning Policy Institute and also founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and helped

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Top firms eager to leader Florida State University’s presidential search

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Four national executive search firms – whose base fees range from $90,000 up to $145,000 – are vying for the contract to lead the effort to identify Florida State University’s next president.

Each firm has an extensive record in higher education presidential searches and has previously worked on various Florida State University searches. The four firms were selected out of 10 submitting applications.

Representatives of the firms made their pitches Tuesday to FSU’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The panel members will submit their ranking by Friday to Kyle Clark, vice president for finance and administration at FSU.

A special meeting of the committee will be called for Monday or Tuesday with the goal of presenting the top choice to FSU’s Board of Trustees during their Nov. 20 meeting in Tallahassee.

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WTO Postpones Meeting Next Week to Select Its New Leader

(Bloomberg) — The World Trade Organization postponed a general council meeting set for Monday where members were expected to review whether to select their next leader, according to a notice circulated Friday.



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The decision will delay the WTO’s ability to confirm Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the first African and first woman to lead the organization in its 25-year history.

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The statement obtained by Bloomberg said that the meeting would be postponed until further notice and that the chairman of the WTO general council will continue to consult with members about selecting the next director-general.

The delay comes a week after the Trump administration said it would oppose Okonjo-Iweala’s bid because the U.S. preferred South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee for the job. Yoo has refused to withdraw from the race and has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

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ScienceLogic Named AIOps Leader in Premier Industry Analysis

Flagship SL1 platform leads at scale, automated root-cause analysis in evolving AIOps landscape

ScienceLogic announced today that in this year’s Forrester Wave, the much-anticipated report found ScienceLogic to be a leader in AIOps solutions—and clearly signals an industry-wide shift in the path forward in IT operations management.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201103005559/en/

Forrester Wave Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations (Graphic: Business Wire)

Forrester’s deliberate, exhaustive analyses have cemented the firm as the definitive authority in the AIOps market. The Forrester Wave™: Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations, Q4 2020 builds on previous criteria for evaluating AIOps, outlining the driving trends, solutions and differentiators most relevant to the future of AIOps.

The recognition of ScienceLogic as a leader in this year’s Wave is a meaningful benchmark for the company. ScienceLogic believes this confirms its position as an established player that is expanding on the past three

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