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  • A plan to fund performance rewards for Colorado’s universities received unanimous approval from the Commission for Higher Education Thursday. EdNews Colorado
  • Is there something in the water? Two schools in Denver and Englewood shut down Thursday due to failures in their water systems. Denver Post, 9News
  • In Boulder and Weld County, the number of whooping cough cases has outpaced last year’s as the illness sweeps the nation. Daily Camera, Times-Call
  • Parents criticized Colorado Springs D-11 school district for their mid-morning decision to cancel school. Gazette
  • Poudre School District placed its human resources director on leave without explanation. The director has been accused of pressuring staff to participate in a business scheme. Coloradoan
  • A for-profit university in Denver has been fined $3 million for deceptive academic practices. Denver Post
  • And at other universities, the money spent on athletes increased as much as three times more than that spent on students. CPR
  • A lunch-time Bible study class is at the center of a formal complaint against the Colorado Department of Education by an employee. 9News
  • A Delta school board member who made graphic statements about transgender students is standing by her comments. What’s more, she wants to open a school where the laws regarding transgender students do not apply. Denver Post


  • An American shot in Libya was a teacher at Benghazi’s international school. AP
  • Two students remember the time they met Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who died yesterday. WNYC
  • Kids who play with their food are more likely to learn the names of what they’re eating, according to a new study. The Atlantic
  • A news roundup inside a news roundup: Alexander Russo picks the most notable education stories of 2013. The Atlantic


  • The success of Common Core depends on teacher training, according to Lauren Vanderkam. AP via 9News

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