Rise & Shine: Why a mini Harlem Children’s Zone in a Denver suburb is changing course

CHANGE OF COURSE When Blocks of Hope launched three years ago, leaders intended to use the same “placed-based” approach that made the Harlem Children’s Zone so successful. The program would provide intensive services to children and their families within the boundaries of one high-poverty Adams County elementary school. It hasn’t worked out as envisioned. Chalkbeat

MOVERS AND SHAKERS Terrance Carroll, the first African-American speaker of the Colorado House, has accepted a job with Denver Public Schools. He’s not even the first former speaker of the House to work for DPS. Chalkbeat

TIES THAT BIND An analysis found that the NRA gave $7.3 million in grants to hundreds of schools in recent years. Most of the schools say they’ll continue to accept the money, but Denver is turning them down. AP via Denver Post

THREATS A student at Endeavor Academy in Centennial was arrested on suspicion of making threats against the school the day after the Parkland shooting. Fox 31

LEAGUE OF HER OWN Kami Puchino is making history with Longmont Christian School as the first woman in Colorado to coach a varsity baseball team. CBS 4