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Rise & Shine: More parents nationally opting out of tests


  • Some Colorado school districts, particularly those in rural areas, are feeling the pinch from federal sequestration cuts. EdNews Colorado
  • Fears of escalation of gang violence prompted the closure of two Denver high schools and the postponement of homecoming on Friday. Denver Post
  • A new study reports that complicated regulations are a barrier to achieving No Child Left Behind’s goals. EdNews Colorado
  • The D.A.R.E. drug education program will not make any changes to address legal marijuana. Summit Daily
  • Jefferson County schools are working to cook local poultry from scratch. 9News
  • An emphasis on STEM education in St. Vrain has meant more partnerships with local businesses. Times-Call
  • CU-Denver faculty and graduate students visit schools to teach students how math can be relevant. Greeley Tribune
  • Denver Public Schools is introducing swipe cards to track whether students are riding their school buses for safety. Denver Post
  • Eagle County’s online learning program is expanding. Vail Daily
  • Former students are celebrating the restoration of a rural one-room schoolhouse in Elbert County. 9News


  • More parents are opting their students out of standardized tests, but little data exists to suggest how widespread the movement is. AP
  • School districts across the country are starting the school year with new security practices. Wall Street Journal
  • The trial of the first educator charged in the Atlanta cheating scandal ended with an acquittal. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rise & Shine

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