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Rise & Shine: More than 140 Colorado schools identified for low performance

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There are more than 1,700 schools in Colorado, and the majority received one of the state’s two highest ratings Wednesday. On the other end of the spectrum, 140 schools got one of the two lowest ratings. If those schools don't improve student learning fast enough, they could face state intervention. Our Nic Garcia has the details — and a database where you can look up your school's rating.

Also in today's roundup: Our latest "How I Lead" Q&A from a Colorado Springs principal who told a powerful story about how she's working to build relationships between a student with a difficult home life and trusted adults at the school. And from Fort Morgan, a story about how school officials are considering randomly drug testing high school students who participate in sports and activities.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

SCHOOL QUALITY More than 140 Colorado public schools received one of the state’s two lowest quality ratings Wednesday, putting them at risk of state intervention. Chalkbeat

Find your school’s 2017 Colorado school quality rating in Chalkbeat’s database.

HOW I LEAD When this Colorado Springs principal learned about a student’s tough home life, she put him to work at school. Chalkbeat

TEACHER TRAP Certification rules can make moving to a new state a serious hassle for teachers, which might explain why teachers are significantly less likely to move between states than others with similar jobs. Chalkbeat

DRUG TESTING Morgan County School District Re-3 is exploring the possibility of starting a random drug-testing program at Fort Morgan High School for students who participate in athletics or activities. Fort Morgan Times

TEACHER SHORTAGE The state’s largest teacher association says a plan aimed at ending Colorado’s teacher shortage lacks specifics and shortchanges traditional preparation programs. Denver Post

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING The St. Vrain Valley School District is taking a closer look at how school sports, clubs and activities raise money at a time when crowdfunding and third-party fundraising is becoming more popular. Daily Camera

KINDERGARTEN COST Poudre School District’s governing board voted this week to raise annual tuition for full-day kindergarten by about 3 percent. Coloradoan

HANDS-ON LEARNING At Yampah Mountain High School, students learn business skills through operating a custom skateboard business called Havoc. Glenwood Springs Independent