Rise & Shine: State attorney general to fund new suicide prevention initiatives to help Colorado teen
Good morning and welcome to Wednesday. This week, Denver school officials are reviewing a list of recommendations to protect classrooms from the city's rapid gentrification. Among the suggestions: create marketing campaigns to drive enrollment to some schools and to describe the benefits of socioeconomic diversity. There's also a suggestion on how the district should go about closing schools — a touchy subject in Denver.
Sidebar: The State Board of Education meets today to discuss a variety of topics — including the latest school quality ratings. And for the first time, they're video streaming the meeting online. Pop some popcorn and cozy up to watch the meeting here. The meeting starts at 9 a.m.
And there's more news below. See you back here tomorrow! — Nic Garcia, deputy bureau chief
INTEGRATION CONVERSATION To address declining enrollment and combat segregation, Denver Public Schools should consider a number of steps including creating a clear and community-driven process for consolidating under-enrolled schools, according to a committee of community leaders. Chalkbeat
CHILD CARE DESERT State and local policymakers can help rid Colorado of child care deserts by providing informal child care providers with streamlined policies, low-cost training and a network to connect families with care, a panel of providers and advocates said Tuesday. Chalkbeat
SUICIDE PREVENTION After an especially tough school year in Colorado regarding youth suicides, the state attorney general’s office will fund new prevention initiatives to help teens statewide. Denver Post
HEALTHY SCHOOLS Six therapy dogs are attending school alongside students at Denver’s Bruce Randolph School to help kids cope with anger, addiction, and just the stress of being at school. 9News
SEASON OF GIVING A new app is helping connect homeless Denver students to generous donations. CPR