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Rise & Shine: Aspen considers world language changes


  • The ACLU of Colorado asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that Douglas County’s voucher program is constitutional. Denver Post
    Legislators updated the fast-tracked school finance bill for next year with a proposed increase of $200 million in funds. EdNews Colorado
  • A new report documents decades of attempted high school reforms that have struggled to work. EdNews Colorado
  • Aspen schools are considering changes to its world language programs that would boost coursework in the higher grades and scale back lower-grade instruction. Aspen Times
  • A new charter school has found a location in east Fort Collins. Coloradoan
  • Colorado Spring’s District 11 will reassign 27 school leaders next year. Colorado Springs Gazette


  • New evidence suggests that former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee knew of possible widespread cheating as early as 2009. Learning Matters
  • Advocates around the country worry that increased police presence in schools has led to increased criminal charges for disciplinary problems better handled by educators. New York Times
  • Some D.C. schools are teaching coping and self-control as a way to improve student academic performance. Washington Post
  • Student elections at Phillips Academy are highlighting questions of gender equity at the elite school. New York Times


  • Commentary: If we expect kids to have 21st century skills, we should be testing them using 21st century technology. Denver Post
  • Commentary: If we want to fix schools, we need to end one-size-fits-all schooling and invest more resources. Aurora Sentinel
  • Commentary: Schools will benefit from experimenting with new ways to involve parents. Daily Camera

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