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Educate Maine releases 2020 ‘Education Indicators for Maine’ report

Annual review of Maine’s education pipeline identifies progress and challenges

PORTLAND — Educate Maine released its eighth “Education Indicators for Maine” report Thursday, Nov. 18. The annual report is an in-depth examination of Maine’s education system following the path of Maine students from early childhood through post-secondary education. The report uses 10 indicators to measure access, participation, and performance across the system. It provides data on what is working well and where investments in Maine’s education system are needed to ensure that every Maine person reaches their highest educational potential.

This year’s report is available in a new web format that allows for readily accessible data points on education in Maine, more timely updates to the indicators, and additional information on how readers can learn more and take action. Future iterations of the report will expand on what is measured as important for educational access, participation, and attainment across Maine.

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Indiana Is the Best Surprise of the College Football Season, Even After a Loss | Bleacher Report

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix looks for an open receive against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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So, they lost.

Indiana’s Saturday could be summarized in a single sentence. In a sport fixated on results, there is no escaping the final outcome. The Hoosiers were unable to complete what would have amounted to a legendary comeback. Ohio State, along with its Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff aspirations, survived in Columbus.

We could stop there. The final score, a 42-35 thriller, tells a story. But not the whole story.

The story here is not Justin Fields’ Heisman possibilities or the Buckeyes’ chase for a national championship, which are both still very much alive. There will be days and weeks for that.

The story here is the losing team—the team that will not win a national championship or a Heisman. The story here is Indiana, what could’ve been and almost was, and how magical this year has been despite the sudden imperfection.

In college

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Heisman Watch 2020: Top Contenders in Race for College Football’s Biggest Honor | Bleacher Report

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    The SEC Championship Game is shaping up to be one of, if not the, most important games to the Heisman Trophy race. 

    Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask is putting up numbers comparable to 2019 Heisman winner Joe Burrow and has a chance to dethrone the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 19. 

    If Trask outduels Alabama quarterback Mac Jones in that contest, he could secure one of the most coveted pieces of hardware in college football. 

    Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence of the Clemson Tigers will have a say in the final Heisman discussions as well with ranked opponents and conference championship games ahead on their respective schedules.

    Unless something drastic happens in the final month of regular-season play, the award should be handed out to a quarterback for the fifth straight year. 

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    Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) sets up to throw a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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College Football Rankings 2020: Overview of Week 12 Standings for NCAA’s Top 25 | Bleacher Report

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) throws under pressure from Kansas defensive lineman Kenean Caldwell (97) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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This week’s Top 25 college football polls featured little movement after a weekend with few upsets and more than half of the teams either idle or out because of COVID-19-related issues. 

Four games featuring ranked teams this weekend—Clemson-FSU, Marshall-Charlotte, Louisiana-Central Arkansas, and Texas A&M Ole Misshave been postponed as well, but at least for now, the rest of the teams will be in action. 

The two biggest are in the Big Ten, with No. 3 Ohio State facing off against No. 9 Indiana and No. 10 Wisconsin taking on No. 19 Northwestern. But don’t sleep on the other ranked matchup: No. 14 Oklahoma State vs. No. 18 Oklahoma; there won’t be any shortage of offensive fireworks in that one.

                      

Associated Press Poll

1. Alabama (6-0)

2. Notre Dame (8-0)

3. Ohio State (3-0)

4. Clemson (7-1)

5. Texas A&M (5-1)

6. Florida (5-1)

7. Cincinnati

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Donald Trump Will Try To Convince State Republicans to Change Electoral College Rules to Win: Report

President Donald Trump is expected to appeal to Republican state legislators to alter rules that govern the appointment of electors in order to retain the presidency, according to a Thursday report from Reuters.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump's legal team may attempt to change the Electoral College rules in order to remain in office, according to reports.


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President Donald Trump’s legal team may attempt to change the Electoral College rules in order to remain in office, according to reports.

Trump has thus far refused to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, contesting the voting process in court in some battleground states. Some observers have criticized Trump’s allegations of widespread election manipulation as being presented without evidence. With many media outlets calling Biden the clear winner of the election, lawyers for Trump reportedly believe his best chance at remaining in office lies in states choosing to appoint electors who would not cast their votes for Biden.

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Louisiana State University administrators mishandled sexual assault allegations, report finds | US news

A new investigation details how administrators at Louisiana State University (LSU) ignored several allegations of sexual assault against prominent student athletes.

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Several allegations were made against football players, including running back Derrius Guice, who was accused of rape by at least two LSU students.

The USA Today report alleges that despite accusers reporting the alleged assaults to administrators and athletic staff, officials often ignored such reports and sometimes denied accusers’ requests for protection.

According to the investigation, athletes subject to allegations received deferred suspensions, allowing them to stay on campus.

“Officials in the university’s athletic department and broader administration repeatedly have ignored complaints against abusers, denied victims’ requests for protections and subjected them to further harm by known perpetrators,” the report said.

In the case of Guice, the paper reported that, “each step of the way, LSU officials either doubted the women’s

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College Football Playoff will discuss potential delay at request of the Pac-12, per report

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is asking the College Football Playoff Management Committee to delay the start of the playoff due to surging COVID-19 numbers across the country. The committee will discuss the idea on Wednesday, per Jon Wilner of the Mercury News, but Wilner reports that sources did not “indicate a change is imminent.”

The CFP has been steadfast since August that its three games would be played as scheduled following the season. The semifinals — this year being the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl — are slated for Jan. 1, while the national championship game will be played on Jan. 11. The committee will reportedly entertain the idea to show that all options are on the table, but there has been practically no movement to push back any part of the college football season. 

Though Scott is reportedly “not optimistic” his suggestion will pass, it is his job

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Undertaker on WWE Career; Sasha Banks Talks Carmella; McIntyre’s Raw Attire | Bleacher Report

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - Undertaker gazes at the crowd after what could be his final WrestleMania match on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for WWE)

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Bleacher Report catches you up on the latest news from the WWE Universe.

      

Undertaker Talks How He Wants to Be Remembered

The Undertaker is set to give his final farewell at Survivor Series on Sunday, thus ending his 30-year in-ring career with WWE.

With his career presumably closing, The Phenom has been reflecting quite often in interviews over the past few weeks, and he did precisely that in a talk with Vicente Beltran (h/t Felix Upton of Ringside News).

When asked how he wants to be remembered, Taker provided the following response:

“I’d want to be remembered as someone who loved this business and gave everything that they had, not only to do well while I was there but to move the business forward. I wanna be remembered as somebody that was always willing to help somebody who wanted to get better, and those are the

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College Football Rankings 2020: Week 12 Polls, Schedule and Standings Prediction | Bleacher Report

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) carries for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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The Big Ten and Big 12 will gain more clarity in their respective title races in Week 12. 

With three Top 25 matchups in the two conferences, we should see more poll movement after the Week 12 results than we saw following Week 11. 

The top eight teams in the AP Top 25 and top 11 in the Coaches Poll did not budge due to a combination of inactivity and easy victories. With the lack of movement up top, less than half of the programs in both polls shifted up or down the rankings. 

With the Bedlam rivalry approaching in the Big 12 and the top two teams in each Big Ten division facing each other, the top half of the rankings should look much different in a week’s time. 

          

Week 12 Polls

AP Top 25

1. Alabama (6-0)

2. Notre Dame (8-0)

3. Ohio State (3-0)

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Which College Football Teams Might Actually Make a Mid-Pandemic Coaching Change | Bleacher Report

South Carolina's Will Muschamp was fired Sunday. How many more moves are coming?

South Carolina’s Will Muschamp was fired Sunday. How many more moves are coming?Associated Press

There is roughly one month remaining in the 2020 college football regular season, which meansunder normal circumstanceswe would be about one month away from all sorts of hirings and firings and 10 times as many rumors of both.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though, this figures to be the most stagnant coaching carousel in decades.

Many teams were unable to conduct any sort of spring camp. Summer workouts were compromised. The start of the season was delayedby two weeks for some leagues; by two months for others. By my count, 70 unique FBS teams have had at least one game postponed or canceled. And significantly more than 70 teams have had to play games with depth charts that were ransacked by positive tests and contact tracing.

For every player

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