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Rise & Shine: JeffCo merges student data tracking


  • State Senator Mike Johnston says he won’t introduce a teacher licensing reform bill this year, saying there’s not enough time left. EdNews Colorado
  • A Boulder-based program wants to build 180 learning gardens in low-income schools in Colorado and across the nation. EdNews Colorado
  • A pilot program in Jefferson County is helping the district merge the computer programs schools use to track student information. Denver Post
  • A new liaison between Buckley Air Force Base and Aurora Public Schools is helping the district work with students from military families. Aurora Sentinel
  • Denver Public Schools refinanced $537 million in bonds in an attempt to stabilize a risky bond deal it made five years ago. Denver Post
  • The Douglas County School Board passed a resolution holding up Margaret Thatcher as a role model to students. Our Colorado News
  • Three schools, including Manitou Elementary School, won $5,000 in a Colorado Healthy Schools Champion award. Colorado Springs Gazette
  • A documentary on the state of charter schools in Colorado will feature two schools in Pueblo. Pueblo Chieftain
  • Despite the snow, Boulder Valley schools will hold bike to school day today. Daily Camera


  • Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee continued to fend off accusations that she failed to pursue cheating in the district. L.A. Times
  • A test that tries to measure student creativity finds that creativity declines from elementary school to high school. NPR
  • In Mississippi, nearly a third of school districts have extensive teacher shortages. Hechinger Report

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