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Rise & Shine: Donations raise eyebrows in Grand Junction school board race


  • A dozen Colorado school districts, including Lewis-Palmer District 38, are “holding their breath to see how the votes go” on both Amendment 66 and local mill levies. Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Donations from Colorado’s front range seep into Grand Junction school board race, raise questions of influence on voucher debate, unions. Grand Junction Sentinel
  • CSU study backs claim of Amendment 66 supporters: tax increase would yield no long-term harm to state’s economy. Fort Collins Coloradoan
  • Colorado schools are now teaching personal finance lessons at each grade level, per 2008 law; private-sector, nonprofit community chipping in. Denver Post
  • Coyote Ridge Elementary School students launch program to help Boulder peers after devastating September flood. Daily Camera


  • How one Seattle elementary school — with nearly 90 percent of its students qualifying for free- or reduced-lunch — saw a double-digit jump in test scores in less than a year. Seattle Times
  • The Sense and Sensibility of early childhood literacy. New York Times
  • University of Michigan professor: The SAT is reducing the skill of writing to make-believe and big words. NPR
  • Military families, yearning to provide educational stability for their children, find support for home school alternatives. AP


  • “Sleazy” campaign attacks distracting from pressing issues in Denver Public Schools board race. Denver Post
  • Sixteen former DougCo school board members believe the current board has ruined the district’s reputation with partisan politics. Denver Post

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