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Rise & Shine: Dougco officials defend block scheduling


  • A Colorado district’s gamble on competency-based learning is paying dividends after much tinkering. EdNews Colorado
  • The Denver teachers union announced endorsements for the fall’s school board elections. EdNews Colorado
  • The deepening friendship of two high school seniors, one with significant developmental delays and severe autism, will be highlighted at graduation when they walk across the stage together. Denver Post
  • A Lakewood alternative school is posting graduation rates higher than many traditional high schools. 9News
  • A Steamboat Springs preschool closed suddenly this week, leaving parents in a bind. Steamboat Today
  • Douglas County school officials say based on data from freshmen, the controversial block scheduling plan is working. Our Colorado News
  • Dougco officials are also questioning teacher ratings at a school where 70 percent of teachers were rated “highly effective” (compared to 15 percent district-wide). Our Colorado News
  • Boulder Valley students celebrated the last day of school. Daily Camera


  • Los Angeles fifth-grade teacher Monica Ratliff won a spot on the ciyt’s school board, defeated a candidate than $2.2 million spent on his behalf and an endorsement from the mayor’s reform campaign. L.A. Times


  • Commentary: The school finance reform bill signed this week will promote economic development. Pagos Daily Post

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