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Rise & Shine: Grading the middle


  • Denver Public Schools board members are deeply divided over whether they’ll ask voters for more than $500 million for building and operating dollars in November. EdNews Colorado
  • Stuck in the Middle: A Denver magazine looks at middle schools making the grade and examines why some are not. 5280
  • Manual High in Denver experiments with longer school day and year. Boston Public Radio
  • Federal judge allows legal challenge to TABOR to move forward, with potential ramifications for schools. Denver Post
  • School boundary modifications in Thompson School District topic of special meeting. Loveland Reporter-Herald
  • Attracting students is superintendent’s goal. Trinidad Times
  • CSU President Tony Frank says higher ed funding conversation needed now. Sterling Journal-Advocate
  • Ever-growing past confounds history teachers: A CSU prof talks about about the difficult decision to stop teaching a piece of history to make room for something new. NPR


  • Report: Districts can do more to retain their strongest teachers, “The Irreplacables.” GothamSchools, Huffington Post, link to study
  • Congressional report slams for-profit colleges. Inside Higher Ed via USA Today
  • New Jersey mom – and astrophysics grad – puts kids to bed with math; now Bedtime Math is gaining fans among children and math-shy parents around the country. NPR


  • Voices: Remember the joy of learning? An Aurora teacher argues it has little to do with filling in bubbles, getting graded or working silently and alone. EdNews Colorado
  • A national conversation about math: An outpouring after Sunday NYT article asks, Is algebra necessary? New York Times

Rise & Shine

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