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Rise & Shine: After A66, lawmakers and administrators are looking for another fix


  • The group in charge of making recommendations on possible changes to teacher licensing still can’t decide on one crucial issue: should teacher license renewal be tied to evaluations? EdNews Colorado
  • Also on the capitol, lawmakers are trying to pick up the pieces after the overwhelming defeat of Amendment 66 and salvage what they can of the school finance law A66 would have funded. EdNews Colorado
  • Outside the capitol, others are also struggling with its defeat. In Colorado Springs, administrators are considering their options, now that additional funds will not be coming their way. CO Springs Independent
  • Colorado Spring’s former Abraham Lincoln Elementary School could be turned into a space for small start-up businesses, as well as affordable housing. The Gazette
  • Catch our very own Maura Walz on what’s next for Jeffco schools with the new school board majority and the departure of the district;s longtime superintendent. CPR
  • Durango schools are being honored by the national teachers union for a “kumbaya”-like relationship with their local union, a rare positive in a time of increasingly acrimonious relationship between districts and union. Durango Herald
  • A Colorado Springs charter school has secured over half a million in state funding to cover its start-up costs. Gazette


  • Can dogs roaming school hallways make life safer for students? That’s the idea behind one for-profit company’s push to have dogs in schools. AP via Durango Herald
  • A bipartisan bill pushing for universal preschool will reach the Congress floor today, KPCC
  • LA public schools are moving ahead with phase two of the embattled iPad rollout, including for good measure some laptops, too. LA Daily News
  • In an extended interview with our partners in Indiana, the state’s superintendent of schools pushed her initiative for encouraging reading at home and defended her approach to school turnaround. Chalkbeat Indiana


  • We should look to other professions when deciding how to license teachers, according to CU’s Dean of the School of Public Affairs. EdNews Colorado
  • Middle income students’ participation in after school activities widens education gaps by teaching more affluent students skills like time management that poor students don’t receive. Atlantic

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