Rise & Shine: DPS walks back claim of confederate flag at football game

VISION QUEST Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes and state Rep. Bob Rankin, a Carbondale Republican, will lead a group of lawmakers, state and school officials and community members charged with reimagining Colorado public schools. Chalkbeat

RACE RELATIONS A joint statement from the Weld County School District Re-3J and Denver Public Schools released Tuesday concedes the “Weld Central team did not display the Confederate flag” during a football game last week. 9News

TWO CENTS With the nation focused intensely on race relations in professional football this week, an ugly spat between two high school football teams in Colorado is the more worrisome news and a conflict in great need of resolution, The Denver Post editorial board writes. Denver Post 

CHOICES Students in the country’s largest private school choice program were more likely to attend college than similar students who remained in public school, according to a study released Wednesday. But the Florida program didn’t seem to help many students actually complete a degree. Chalkbeat

OFF TO WORK THEY GO Colorado’s new apprenticeship program, which Chalkbeat previously reported on, fits into an expanding national conversation about how schools can do a better job preparing students for the work force. Ed Week

MEET UP A Colorado Springs teacher will meet with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as part of a new fellowship. Gazette

ELECTION 2017 The full slate of candidates vying for the four open seats on the Aurora Public School Board made their case at a town hall that resulted in most candidates revealing their alliances and similarities rather than any substantive distinctions among themselves. Aurora Sentinel