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Rise & Shine: Hickenlooper to push for more school budget transparency


  • New state revenue forecasts don’t significantly change the amount of money expected to be available for K-12 education. EdNews Colorado
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper says he will push the state legislature to publish details of school spending online. Washington Post
  • The 17-year-old student who was shot at Arapahoe High School passed away. Denver Post
  • Police in Trinidad say they arrested two students planning to attack their school. AP via L.A. Times
  • DPS is adjusting its school-choice enrollment rules in Stapleton elementary schools to give students priority in the campuses closest to their homes. Denver Post
  • A Summit program to encourage first-generation college-goers is expanding its middle school program. Summit Daily
  • Greeley-Evans School District is among the districts in the country with the highest percentage of students enrolled in charter schools. Greeley Tribune
  • A focus on STEM teaching is spreading across Colorado, but there is no standard definition of what that means and student access to instruction in the fields varies widely. Coloradoan
  • Larimer County’s commissioner says that residents are paying more in taxes through mill levies set by the Poudre and Thompson school districts than voters have approved. Coloradoan
  • The state denied Steamboat Spring’s request to withdraw from its BOCES. Steamboat Today
  • A study has questioned the financial health of a number of Colorado universities. Denver Post


  • Although the recession has ended, many school districts around the country that cut teacher positions have not re-filled them. New York Times
  • New York’s teacher evaluation system is rolling out somewhat unsteadily. New York Times


  • The Denver Post argues that fears of spikes in teenage drug use because of marijuana legalization are unfounded.
  • The Post also urges parents to remember that despite high-profile instances of violence, schools are still mostly safe havens.
  • Greeley-Evans School District 6’s superintendent argues for a stronger focus on teaching literacy. Greeley Tribune

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