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Rise & Shine: Colorado blacks, Latinos narrow education gaps


  • More than 600 students have enrolled in state colleges or universities this year under the ASSET program. EdNews Colorado
  • New state revenue projections predict only a small change in the state’s education pot. EdNews Colorado
  • A new grant will help schools increase the amount of physical activity students do each day. EdNews Colorado
  • With one dissension, the Denver school board voted to endorse Amendment 66. EdNews Colorado
  • Colorado’s black and Latino students are narrowing high school and college graduation gaps. I-News via the Coloradoan
  • The State Education Board extended the deadline for teachers unions to sue to challenge the new teacher evaluation law, raising suspicion that the move was to avoid a contentious lawsuit just before the Amendment 66 vote. Gazette
  • The annual conference of a free market think tank has a session focusing on Douglas County’s reforms. Our Colorado News
  • Continued road closures in Boulder County canyons are making the trip to school a lengthy journey for some students. CBS4
  • But the Boulder Valley school district has started a temporary shuttle to help students get between Boulder and Nederland. Daily Camera
  • Officials at Greeley schools say they relied on community support and volunteers to pull together through the storms. Greeley Tribune
  • The floods have changed the mission for students participating in Outdoor Lab activities. 9News
  • At-large school board candidate Michael Kiley is making his opponent Barbara O’Brien’s support for school vouchers a campaign issue. Denver Post
  • After tripling its enrollment in seven years, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy is breaking ground on a new school building site. Gazette


  • New York City is very slowly following the lead of districts like Denver by unifying its charter and district school enrollment processes. EdNews Colorado/GothamSchools
  • Errors in the scoring of state tests across the country have resulted in students wrongly failing. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • State officials in Louisiana are trying to minimize the impact of tougher tests on schools’ letter grades. Times-Picayune


  • Commentary: A parent writes that the new teacher evaluation law is putting too much arbitrary pressure on teachers. Denver Post
  • Commentary: The director of Colorado’s Future Project writes that Amendment 66’s proponents have not made a case for higher taxes. Denver Post

Rise & Shine

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