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Rise & Shine: Grand Junction classrooms get needed tech boost

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's Rise & Shine.

Last night, the Aurora school board approved a contract with Denver-based charter school network DSST to open its first campus outside of the Mile High City. The move was the last big decision for the board before four new members join.

Yesenia Robles has more details, including a key term to making the deal happen, in her article below.

See you back here on Thursday. — Nic Garcia, deputy bureau chief

COMING TO TERMS The Aurora school board on Tuesday night — in its last vote before new board members are sworn in — approved a contract with DSST Public Schools for the charter network’s first school outside of Denver. Chalkbeat

RAISING THE CURTAIN Fifty Aurora high school students started rehearsing a musical about an earlier time, then they discovered ‘harsh truths’ about today. Chalkbeat

BROKEN PROMISE?  Common Core tests were supposed to usher in a new era of comparing America’s schools. What happened? Chalkbeat

OVERSEAS TRAGEDY The family and friends of a former Denver Public Schools assistant principal are struggling to get her back to the U.S. after she suffered a massive stroke teaching abroad and is now in a coma. Fox31

CLASSROOM TECH Grand Junction classrooms got a much needed boost of technology after local organizations raised enough money to donate more than 50 laptops to two schools. Daily Sentinel

HUMAN RESOURCES A Jeffco Public Schools choral teacher was named one of 25 semi-finalists from across the country for the2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. Denver Post

TWO CENTS In her regular column, State Board of Education member Joyce Rankin shares a few details about rule making. Post-Independent