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Rise & Shine: Advocates seek more STEM ed


  • The legislative proposal to overhaul the state’s school funding system goes before the House today. EdNews Colorado
  • The House removed $3 million in merit aid for college students after a last-minute flap over aid for undocumented students. EdNews Colorado
  • Many Colorado schools are developing STEM programs in a grassroots fashion, but stakeholders in education and business want to see a more coordinated effort. Denver Post
  • University of Colorado officials say that they’re considering bringing a ballot initiative in 2014 to provide another revenue stream for higher education. Daily Camera
  • Aspen Community School’s fundraising campaign got a $750,ooo boost from an anonymous donor. Aspen Times


  • Most parents at a Missouri school that trained its teachers to use guns approve of the plan. New York Times
  • No single education issue has dominated state legislatures this year, but policy trends on school choice, safety and funding have emerged. EdWeek
  • A New York school district has suspended a teacher who assigned students to pretend to be Nazis for a writing assignment. AP via USA Today


  • Commentary: Superintendents of three Colorado school district say the proposed school finance reform act will finally begin to address a deficit for students. Denver Post
  • Commentary: But the founder of End the Education Plantation says pouring more money into a broken system won’t be enough. Denver Post
  • Commentary: If a judge approves a proposed consent decree today, it will return the city’s bilingual program to the 1990s. Denver Post
  • Commentary: Tinkering with teaching practice isn’t enough to improve education; we must overhaul the teaching profession instead. New York Times

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