Rise & Shine: What PERA reform means for Colorado teachers and other state employees

STUDENT COUNT The number of students enrolled in Aurora schools this fall dropped by almost twice as much as last year, part of a trend district officials have blamed in part on gentrification as housing prices in Aurora climb. Here’s what it means for the district’s budget. Chalkbeat

COLORADO VOTES 2017 We sent surveys to all the 2017 Douglas County school board candidates. Read their answers here. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH To keep faraway moms and dads connected to the classroom and their kids, this Colorado teacher has done video conferences via Facebook, included them in holiday story recordings and played host to surprise reunions in her classroom. Chalkbeat

HUMAN RESOURCES Big changes are on the horizon for the state’s pension system. Here’s a look at how the reforms could impact thousands of current and retired teachers. Denver Post

RACE IN THE CLASSROOM The mother of an adolescent boy who was stabbed in the chest with a pencil by an 11-year-old classmate one year ago at an El Paso County middle school has filed a civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver. Gazette

BULLY PREVENTION More than 200 Pueblo students participated in a citywide peace rally, an attempt to curb bullying in school. Chieftain

RESEARCH SAYS The Colorado Department of Higher Education announced late last week that it is the recipient of a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to closely study the benefits of dual enrollment programs. Summit Daily 

NEW DIGS A Colorado Springs charter school has moved into its new — and structurally unique — home. Gazette

CRIME BEAT A Longmont high school teacher has been arrested after police say he “groomed” a student before entering into a sexual relationship with her once she graduated. Longmont Times-Call