White House coronavirus task force focuses on higher education in state reports | News Headlines

(CNN) — The White House coronavirus task force placed a sharper focus on colleges and universities in its recommendations to states this week, pushing states to take measures to prevent further outbreaks as the school year begins.

CNN reached out to all 50 states for their weekly task force reports, which the White House has declined to make public, and obtained responses from 13 states as of Friday morning. Alabama was the only state to explicitly decline to provide its report. Other states referred CNN to other sources or did not respond.

This week’s set of reports, sent to states Tuesday evening, was directed to governors and their senior staff, as well as health officials, emergency managers, epidemiologists, lab directors and preparedness directors for each state.

The reports are individually tailored to each state with information on cases and test positivity and county-specific data and broadly show concern about spread

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Maine Focuses on Outdoor Education During Coronavirus

PORTLAND, Maine—Teachers and students in Maine’s largest district have returned to classes this week. Brooke Teller, a science, technology, engineering and math coach here, would normally be spending this time administering new science curricula and coordinating professional development meetings. Instead, her schedule is mostly filled with the delivery of hundreds of tree stumps and sturdy plastic buckets for outdoor classroom space.

Like many other districts in Maine, Portland Public Schools has responded to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis by pivoting to a hybrid model: Children in kindergarten through ninth grade will be attending smaller classes twice a week (older high school students are still learning remotely). To allow for social distancing, the district has also created outdoor classrooms at each of its 16 schools. Working with local architects, the district identified suitable outdoor areas and installed tents or other shade structures to accommodate changing weather. Each student will be given

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Campaign 2021: Perryman Focuses On Education, Economics, Equity

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — When it comes to politics, it’s probably safe to say most people are currently focused on the 2020 election. But, some candidates are already looking ahead to November 2021, when Virginia voters decide who will be the next governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.

While several Democrats are exploring lieutenant governor bids, three individuals have already declared their intention to seek their party’s nomination: Sean Perryman, president of the Fairfax County NAACP; Del. Hala Ayala (D-Prince William); and Paul Goldman, former chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia

Perryman, who is also the director of social impact policy and counsel at Internet Association, announced his candidacy at the end of July. In his brief time as a candidate, he’s already racked up a number of endorsements from community leaders, activists, and Virginia politicians, including Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax) and Chad Martin, vice mayor of the City

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Tennessee focuses on player development with “VFlight” program

The program focuses on personal development, community development and professional development.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When players walk into Assistant Athletics Director for Player Relations and Development Ashley Smith’s office, it doesn’t feel like part of the football complex. It’s an escape.

“I think that environment and setting the tone is very important,” Smith said.

She said that her office is meant to set a tone like “a little touch of home.”

From inspirational quotes to a sign that reads, “Home Sweet Home,” the tone is clear.

“(If) a guy’s having a rough day, he can come in here,” she said. “Just kind of have a moment and just maybe read some things around the room and just regroup to go out and tackle whatever hurdles he’s looking to jump over.”

It’s not only in her office that she wants to help the people in the programs she runs.

Smith oversees

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Rutgers STEM MBA focuses on technology management and analytical skills to teach students data-driven decision-making

Rutgers Business School STEM MBA curriculum emphasizes advanced mathematics or management of technology and includes courses in operations analysis, data mining, business forecasting and quality management

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rutgers Business School is enhancing its traditional MBA program with an optional STEM designation that offers students the ability to focus on the technology and analytic skills demanded in a changing work world.

While Rutgers has taught rigorous data-driven analytical skills as part of its management education for the past 64 years, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) MBA designation reflects the increased importance for business leaders to have a solid understanding of how to use data analytics and innovation to drive decision-making.

“We have taken another giant step toward building a strong business school for the future of work,” said Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei. “The STEM designation will provide our students with

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