Rise & Shine: Colorado schools reaffirm transgender students rights

TRUMP EFFECT President Donald Trump is set to propose slashing the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget. That would cost more than 11,000 schools — including nine in Denver — support that they use to help students who’ve fallen behind, build playgrounds, and offer after-school programs. Chalkbeat

TRANS RIGHTS If Education Secretary Betsy DeVos opposed rolling back protections for transgender students behind the scenes this week, she wasn’t letting it show Thursday when she spoke to many of the country’s staunchest conservatives. Chalkbeat

Boulder Valley Superintendent Bruce Messinger sent a reminder Thursday morning to the school district’s leadership team that the district will continue to support and advocate for transgender students. Daily Camera

School districts in Colorado Springs say they will not be making changes to their policies at this time. KOAA

HUMAN RESOURCES Teachers in the Roaring Fork School District, where populations are shifting, are asking the district not to consider hiring any new teachers until all existing educators have a job at the district’s new school. Post Independent 

A DAY IN THE LIFE Here’s how two Afghan refugee students in Aurora adopted to their new life in American schools. Aurora Sentinel

ART SMART An Aurora  elementary school student has been named one of 53 U.S. state and territories finalists for the annual “Doodle 4 Google” competition, meaning her work could be featured on the global search engine’s website and seen by hundreds of millions of people. Denver Post, 9News

TWO CENTS The Pueblo Chieftain says new school transportation regulations are needless and costly. Chieftain