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Rise & Shine: States working to ease jitters about Common Core


  • Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announces her retirement after a GOP-backed majority takes board control in Tuesday’s election. EdNews Colorado
  • A charter network brought in to turn around a failing DPS elementary school is handing the school back to the district. EdNews Colorado
  • Proposed 2014-15 increases in higher education spending drew praise from a couple of legislators Thursday when Gov. John Hickenlooper presented his proposed budget to legislators. EdNews Colorado
  • Close election returns have delayed official results in the Aurora school board race. Aurora Sentinel
  • Boulder Valley schools are working to use local foods in lunch menus. Boulder Camera
  • Colorado College defends use of “queer” category on job application. Denver Post


  • States are working to calm jitters about Common Core and local control of schools. EdWeek
  • Nationwide students showed small improvement on NAEP tests, but Washington, D.C., and Tennessee were standouts. Hechinger Report
  • Name-calling is getting nasty in the world of education. Politico Pro
  • Reform funder Melinda Gates give U.S. education a C+, with “pockets of improvements.” AP via MSN Money
  • New study highlights the benefits – and difficulties – of moving top teachers to struggling schools. EdWeek


  • Colorado’s education funding problems begin and end with TABOR, Mike Littwin writes. Colorado Independent
  • Teaching is being crowded out of education, Alexander Ooms thinks. Denver Post

Rise & Shine

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