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Rise & Shine: U.S. per-pupil funding down for first time in 30 years


  • Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a major school finance overhaul yesterday, but it’s still not clear exactly which ballot question voters will consider to fund the measure. EdNews Colorado
  • Colorado districts are preparing to implement new teacher and principal evaluations this fall. EdNews Colorado
  • For seniors at the shuttering Wasson High School, graduation is bittersweet. Gazette
  • The RE-1 Valley school board approved a contract for a new superintendent. Journal Advocate


  • Shuttered schools in Chicago mean a loss of community centers for many families. New York Times
  • Average per-pupil spending in the United States fell in 2011 for the first time in three decades, according to new census data. Wall Street Journal
  • Schools hit by the tornado in Oklahoma lacked consistent shelter rules, despite state warnings. Huffington Post


  • Commentary: Students who don’t normally have access to climbing programs could benefit from them. Daily Camera
  • Commentary: Big higher ed tuition hikes aren’t sustainable. Denver Post

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