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Rise & Shine: Adams12 pays millions in retirement benefits


  • A House panel advanced next year’s school funding bill, but cut a pre-k improvement program sought by the governor. EdNews Colorado
  • The House also approved a merit scholarship plan and killed a plan that would have addressed closed school board meetings in Douglas County. EdNews Colorado
  • Policies to protect students with food allergies vary widely across school districts. EdNews Colorado
  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools could end up paying $93 million in retirement benefits to teachers because of a commitment made in the 1990s. Denver Post
  • Boulder’s Vista High School is piloting a program designed to incent students to use re-usable bags and cups. Daily Camera
  • Aurora Public Schools found about $5 million in savings this year in its bond project. Denver Post
  • Boulder Valley is changing its start times and bell schedules in an effort to save money. Daily Camera
  • Two students were suspended after a gun was found at a middle school. 9News


  • A Boston-area teacher is using a technique developed for students with autism called “social stories” to help her second graders process the Marathon bombings. Wall Street Journal
  • While Cooper Union is ending its practice of not charging tuition, other schools continue to provide education for free. New York Times
  • Two separate groups protested in Chicago, one to oppose standardized tests and the other to support charter schools. Chicago Sun-Times


  • Commentary: Literacy Week, in early May, is a reminder of the state’s commitment to improving early reading skills. Coloradoan

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