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Rise & Shine: Foreign language classes boom in Utah


  • The Denver chapter of Stand for Children has turned over its leadership and is focusing on its grassroots ground game. EdNews Colorado
  • A new bill that would require new school buildings to be energy efficient was introduced as other education measures advanced through the last-minute legislative crush. EdNews Colorado
  • School districts around Boulder are trying to remove barriers to participating in sports for students with disabilities. Daily Camera
  • In Boulder Valley, high school students’ access to computer programming classes varies by school. Daily Camera
  • Four teams of students from Colorado Springs will compete in a national competition on improving national security. Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Though they aren’t planning on unifying, school board members from three school districts will meet to share ideas. Mohave Daily News
  • Denver students took part in a program to teach them financial literacy. 9News
  • Colorado high school seniors, like those around the country, are sending out more college applications. Colorado Springs Gazette


  • Boston schools reopen today for the first time since last week’s bombings. Boston Globe
  • Foreign language instruction is booming in Utah, driven by its immigrant communities and large numbers of returned Mormon missionaries. New York Times
  • Florida’s governor plans to sign a sweeping education bill that allows students to graduate even if they don’t pass tough math and science classes. Miami Herald
  • An arts program for young black boys in Washington, D.C., teaches them to create art inspired by their lives. NPR
  • The United Nations is driving an effort to get 61 million children around the world currently out of school enrolled in primary education. New York Times


  • Editorial: The only real solution to the problem of students graduating unprepared for college is to improve the quality of K-12 education. Denver Post
  • Commentary: The state’s draft guidelines for graduation requirements should alarm districts who are currently graduating students who wouldn’t meet the new bar. Denver Post
  • Commentary: A professor asks employers how important writing skills are in their fields. Denver Post
  • Commentary: Battles over the proper role of standardized testing have been happening in the United States since at least the 19th century. New York Times

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