FIRST OF ITS KIND A new charter school in Aurora will become the first in the area to run a center for special needs students. The school, Rocky Mountain Prep, will replace district-run Fletcher Community School. Chalkbeat

TEACHER SHORTAGE Colorado continues to feel the effects of the nationwide teacher shortage, with about 3,000 to 3,500 empty teaching spots across all 178 of the state’s public school districts. Gazette

STEM SCHOLARSHIPS Both Regis University and the University of Denver will offer full scholarships to their SciTech summer camps. The all-girls programs each run for a week, and link up students with female professors in a variety of STEM fields. Denver Post

BEARING ARMS NPR’s Weekend Edition picked up a story that circulated around Colorado last week about teachers, largely from rural areas, learning gun skills in hopes to protect their students from active shooter situations. NPR