Rise & Shine: State education officials on listening tour get an earful

ACCOUNTABILITY PLANS Relief from filing yearly unified improvement plans is on the way for most Colorado school districts and schools after lawmakers passed a bill allowing them to submit plans every two years instead. Chalkbeat Colorado

LISTENING TOUR Colorado officials who hit the road to ask community members what changes to the state’s accountability system they’d like to see under the new federal education law are getting an earful. Education Week

SCHOOL BREAKFAST Lawmakers on Monday rejected a proposal that would have limited the number of students who get free breakfast. Denver Post

TESTING What’s next for states that dump their multi-state, Common Core-aligned test consortium? Chalkbeat Indiana

CUT OFF The Future Farmers of America program at Prairie View High School will end after this year, and some parents are upset. 9News

TECHNOLOGY FEE The Boulder Valley School District is considering charging high school students $45 per year to cover the cost of providing them Chromebooks. Daily Camera

NEW HOME An Aurora charter school has secured a location after an 18-month search in a real estate market where vacancies are increasingly rare. Aurora Sentinel

HUMAN RESOURCES The superintendent of Colorado’s Adams 14 school district has officially been hired to helm a school district in California. Mercury News

ANTI-BIAS CURRICULUM What’s a good age to teach children about gender identity? Colorado Public Radio

POT EDUCATION Seventh graders in Oak Creek are learning in school how marijuana can affect their brains. CBS

DE-STRESSING Two therapy dogs will make their debut Wednesday at a Highlands Ranch high school to help seniors de-stress in between final exams. 9News

COLUMN State Board of Education member Joyce Rankin on what’s coming up for the state board, including setting rules for a marijuana tax-funded anti-bullying grant program. Glenwood Springs Post Independent