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Rise & Shine: Poudre superintendent focused on closing achievement gap


  • The State Board of Education was briefed on this year’s district ratings as two rural districts moved a step closer to losing their accreditation. EdNews Colorado
  • The board also came to a compromise with a struggling online charter school, allowing just its high school to be rated under alternative school status. EdNews Colorado
  • The state also cut its ties with the data service InBloom, following Jefferson County’s rejection of its pilot program. EdNews Colorado
  • A second round of schools — including more in Denver and Boulder Valley — are adding more class time to their school days. AP via Gazette
  • Mesa school officials say they are finding greater numbers of younger students in possession of marijuana. KJCT8
  • Parents at a Lafayette charter school are protesting the abrupt departure of the school’s principal. Daily Camera
  • Poudre School District’s superintendent told the school board that the district needs to close the achievement gap between white and Hispanic students. Coloradoan
  • Two new St. Vrain school board members were sworn in. Times-Call
  • Re-elected Cherry Creek school board members say the defeat of Amendment 66 doesn’t affect the district much. Aurora Sentinel
  • Seventeen Colorado students, including eight from Boulder Valley, were honored for earning perfect ACT scores. Daily Camera


  • Despite two decades of high-profile school shootings, statistics show that schools are getting safer. USA Today
  • Results of a survey suggest that sequestration cuts are hurting special education students. Huffington Post
  • The Bloomberg administration gave out its last round of school report card grades in New York City. GothamSchools


  • A teacher trying to get her license in Colorado says licensure should be connected to good teaching practice through better standards for entry. EdNews Colorado

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