Rise & Shine: Colorado Springs activists protest DeVos nomination

GETTING TO KNOW YOU Meet the Colorado Republicans who want to reclaim their party’s education reform agenda. Chalkbeat

DO OVER About 3,000 Colorado school district employees have been or will be told they must get new criminal background checks after a routine FBI audit found incomplete records in the state’s licensing database. Chalkbeat

THE OUTLIERS  A new report from A+ Colorado examines how school districts across the state are serving different groups of students. We found these six factoids the most interesting. Chalkbeat

DETROIT AND DEVOS  Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet charged that his colleagues would never consider Detroit schools for their own kids as a Senate committee considered the nomination of Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education. (Bennet voted against DeVos.) Chalkbeat

DIVIDED ON DeVOS School-choice advocate Betsy DeVos draws glowing praise and bitter criticism in her bid to become the new education secretary, even in Douglas County — where a battle over whether vouchers can be used to pay for private schools has waged on for more than five years. Denver Post

Minutes after Betsy DeVos cleared one hurdle toward confirmation in winning committee approval, , more than 60 people from Colorado Springs Colorado Action Network gathered at U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s office in Colorado Springs to voice their opposition. Gazette

TRUMPING EDUCATION As Chalkbeat previously reported, students at Denver’s South High School expressed frustration and disbelief over President Trump’s order blocking refugees and visitors from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. CPR

A Libyan man studying business at the Community College of Denver has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver against Donald Trump claiming the president’s travel ban violates his religious and due process rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Denver Post

GRADUATION RATES Aurora Public Schools had the second largest increase in four-year high school graduation rates in the state, rising six points from last year, according to the latest data on graduation and dropout rates released from the Colorado Department of Education. Aurora Sentinel

SLEEPING IN Cherry Creek School District is looking to reshuffle start and end times for students in 2017-18 after getting positive feedback from surveys sent out in November to the district community. Aurora Sentinel

SAFE SCHOOLS A suspected armed man reported near a rural school put the school’s training policy to the test earlier this month, nearly a year after an investigation found some Colorado schools never trained for a lockdown or an active shooter situation, and didn’t know how to. 9News