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Rise & Shine: Gov candidate Noel Ginsberg wants to repeal educator effectiveness law

Good morning!

We've got several stories today about Colorado's gubernatorial race, including the details of an education platform released this week by candidate and businessman Noel Ginsberg, and an explanation as to why students will be asking the questions at a candidate forum on mental health next month.

Also in today's roundup: A first look at the new schools that want to open in Denver, the story of a 5-year-old with a rare metabolic disorder who is attending kindergarten against all odds, and why the Pueblo City Schools board of education is hesitant about switching to a four-day school week.

– Melanie Asmar, reporter

RIVAL VISION If elected governor, businessman Noel Ginsburg says he would work to expand apprenticeship programs, raise teacher salaries, send more money to schools – and repeal a signature legislative achievement of one of his Democratic primary rivals. Chalkbeat

NEW SCHOOLS The Denver school district did not solicit applications this year for any specific new schools, but that didn’t stop three entities – including the district itself – from signaling their intent to apply. Chalkbeat

NEXT GENERATION When seven candidates for governor take the stage at a Denver forum on mental health next month, they’ll answer questions from Colorado residents who may still have braces and learner’s permits. Chalkbeat

OPINION Former state treasurer and Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy says improving education and increasing teacher pay starts with reforming TABOR. Aspen Times

Colorado’s funding formula for K-12 education is in dire need of a makeover, and no community in the state feels that need more acutely than Greeley, says the Greeley Tribune editorial board. Greeley Tribune

NOT SO FAST Despite positive survey feedback and a report that revealed a host of benefits, the idea of a four-day school week wasn’t immediately embraced by the Pueblo City Schools board of education. Pueblo Chieftain

THRIVING The fact that a 5-year-old girl is attending kindergarten at the school in Creede sounds normal. But, in the case of Maren Stecken, it’s something rare. 9News

AFTER PARKLAND Students at Career Education Center Early College of Denver considered walking out to protest gun violence, but opted for something else. “We wanted to do something that would have an impact.” 9News

SCHOOL SAFETY Schools in Woodland Park School District RE-2 will be closed again Thursday due to a threat deemed credible by police. Gazette, Fox21, 11News

Districts across the state are seeing a rise in the number of Safe2Tell tips as they deal with an extraordinary increase in the number of violent threats in the wake of the Florida shooting. The Denver Channel