Rise & Shine: Harrison district officials starting on bond funded projects

Today's roundup features a story about the Aurora school district's efforts to increase and diversify the students who are identified as gifted and talented. The district is trying some things that aren't all new, but on a larger scale, like creating ways to screen students for talent areas. Read more about that work, below.

Also in today's roundup, an update about an outside group spending money in several cities, including Denver, and news about school facilities. Also, if you were following the charter school strike in Chicago, look for yesterday's update below. There's a tentative deal in place.

Have a good week!

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

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GIFTED Many districts have tried to increase the diversity of the students identified as gifted and talented. Aurora’s approach includes screening for talents, and changes to screening English language learners. Chalkbeat

HIRED Denver Public Schools has announced a new principal for Manual High School to start Jan. 1. Chalkbeat

GRANTS A new group that’s raised millions to promote its brand of school reform has begun spending that money in seven cities — including Denver — and its staff may be planning to try to influence elections, too. Chalkbeat

STEM This weekend 450 middle and high school students from four states came to Metropolitan State University of Denver for the a regional robotics competition. CBS 4

FACILITIES A report, as well as information presented during public forums, has centered around the hundreds of millions needed to repair schools, but some are asking if it might be cheaper to rebuild. Pueblo Chieftain

PROJECTS Among improvements Harrison officials are starting on using bond approved dollars: repairing deteriorating school buildings; constructing a replacement building for a middle school. Gazette

REEVALUATING Portable classrooms and fewer spots for out of district students might be the consequences of failed tax increases in Monument schools. Gazette

LEADERSHIP Denver superintendent candidate Susana Cordova’s biggest challenge is her predecessor’s shadow. Denver Post

ON STRIKE Teachers and management of Chicago’s Acero Schools reached a tentative deal Sunday, putting an end to the nation’s first-ever charter school strike. Chalkbeat