Rise & Shine: District credits staff, community buy-in for improving Ignacio schools

STATE FUNDING Education advocates are starting to plan ahead for a possible 2018 ballot measure to increase school funding in the state. Chalkbeat Colorado

TOP RATING The Edison School District in Yoder, is reportedly the district that earned the most points on the state’s performance ratings which are expected to be finalized this month.  The Gazette

SHOWING IMPROVEMENT Officials from the Ignacio School District say their efforts to get off of the state’s accountability watchlist worked because of buy-in across the district and within the community. Durango Herald

STAR PLAYERS High schools are no longer competing equally as the schools with successful programs become better at recruiting or attracting talented athletes who are transferring at higher rates. Denver Post

OPINION The editorial board for the Denver Post calls Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, a good person to lead the department, while saying vouchers should remain a state choice. Denver Post

CHARTER SCHOOL TIES A man who worked at an Aurora charter school claims that staff had to turn over as much as 40 percent of their salary to the organization of a Turkish man living in the U.S. in self-exile. LA Weekly