Rise & Shine: Online schools in southwest Colorado seeing rise in enrollment

Welcome to a new week.

If you're just getting back from holiday breaks, catch up with the start of the legislative session below including the first bills that have been introduced and a roundup of what lawmakers said during their opening day speeches.

Now's a good time to remind you that if you're interested in more news out of the capitol this session, you can sign up to receive the Colorado Capitol Report once a week, here.

And in other news, don't miss reading why Denver is not putting out a call for new schools this year, and a story from the Durango Herald explaining why online schools are such a draw for many students.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.

NO ROOM Denver’s enrollment has plateaued and the district isn’t looking to replace any struggling schools this year so the district isn’t putting out a call for new schools. Chalkbeat

OPENING DAY Colorado Democrats open the 2019 legislative session with a call for investment in education. How much and in what form will be the big question this session. Chalkbeat

PROPOSALS The bills filed on the first day of the legislative session include proposals to address the teacher shortage, bolster mental health services in schools, reduce regulation on rural schools, and provide bonuses to teachers. Chalkbeat

FUNDING Lawmakers who write the state budget say they have a plan to change how $8.6 billion is distributed to schools, overhauling a system critics say disproportionately sends state money to wealthy school districts. Denver Post

INCREASED SECURITY At the start of 2018, eight school resource officers were assigned to District 51 schools. By the time students return to school Tuesday, there will be 11 school resource officers and eight security guards. Daily Sentinel

FLEXIBILITY Online schools in southwest Colorado are seeing increased enrollment, as the flexibility is a draw for many students. Durango Herald

NEXT STEP Colorado colleges and universities received almost 23,000 total applications on the first-ever Colorado Free Application Day. Denver 7