Rise & Shine: Lawmakers consider tax reform to help pay for local schools

FAULT LINES Colorado senators gave initial support to a bill that would require the state’s school districts to equally share voter-approved tax increases with their charter schools, but not before making substantial changes that would ease in the new mandate. Chalkbeat

END OF THE LINE A Republican-controlled state Senate committee Monday killed a bill that would have prohibited corporal punishment in Colorado’s public schools and day care centers that receive state funding. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL FUNDING Colorado homeowners are paying different tax rates to help fund the state’s schools. And some lawmakers think that’s unfair. CPR

DAILY DEVOS Denver school board member Happy Haynes responds to the idea of a federal voucher program, which could be championed by the new education secretary. U.S. News

SAFE SCHOOLS A new program in Aurora pairs high school students and community volunteers to read books to first graders to teach positive social skills and help combat bullying. 9News

LABOR DAY The Greeley school district and its teachers union are close to a new contract that would increase salaries for new teachers. Greeley Tribune

ENROLLMENT SHIFTS Northern El Paso County’s population is booming and that’s putting new pressure on the local school districts. Gazette

ALTERNATIVE ED A new vocational school, funded by a public-private partnership, is helping blind and visually impaired people prepare for high-demand jobs. Denver Post

SCIENCE PROJECT A team of engineering students at Lafayette’s Centaurus High School are getting a second chance to send a micro-gravity research project to the International Space Station. Times-Call

TWO CENTS The charter school funding equalization bill is written with care to correct a major deficiency in how our schools are funded, and it should be passed. Denver Post