Rise & Shine: School fundraisers add to funding inequities in Boulder

PAYING FOR PRESCHOOL Colorado continues to be outspent by other states when in it comes to preschool funding, a new report found. Of the states that have publicly funded preschool programs, only South Carolina and Mississippi spends less than Colorado. Chalkbeat

FUNDING INEQUITIES Fundraisers at some Boulder schools can net tens of thousands of dollars and widen gaps between the haves and the have nots. Daily Camera

ORDER UP  The Durango school district is expected to toughen graduation requirements for high school students by 2021. Durango Herald 

LEARNING ENGLISH A soon to be high school graduate in Greeley says she owes her English language skills to an organization that helps students of migrant works integrate into public schools. Greeley Tribune

GROWING PAIN A successful charter school in Pueblo wants to expand, but is having a hard time finding space. Chieftain

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING Students at a Durango charter school are finishing up their senior projects, which includes a presentation styled after TED Talks. Durango Herald

SAFE SCHOOLS Denver Public Schools officials said the district already complies with federal guidelines bolstering transgender students’ civil rights that were sent out last week by the U.S. departments of education and justice. Denver Post, 9News, CBS4

MODEL SCHOOL Meanwhile, the Boulder Valley School District’s guidelines for supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students are being held up as an example for other school districts by those same departments. Daily Camera