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Rise & Shine: Denver Public Schools wants to help teachers buy houses; the union president calls it a ‘PR approach’

RETURN Antwan Wilson is back in Denver, working as a consultant for the district, after being forced to resign his job as chancellor in Washington, D.C. Wilson is a former assistant superintendent and a former principal who oversaw the closure of Montbello High School. Chalkbeat

NO NOTICE The Adams 14 school board added a surprise item to their agenda this week: a raise for their superintendent during a challenging year when community members are pushing back against changes. Chalkbeat

OUT OF REACH Youth in foster care in Colorado graduate from high school at a rate that’s abysmal — and falling. When state officials asked some of those teenagers how they could help, one of the main things they heard was, let us stay in our schools, even if we can’t stay in our homes. A bill moving through the Colorado General Assembly would help them do just that. Chalkbeat

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TECH SUPPORT The coaches who help Aurora teachers turn new technology into engaging lessons are going away in the district’s 2018-19 budget plan. District officials say teachers will still get help, just in a different form. But the decision is causing an uproar among teachers, who say this will make it harder to take advantage of $20 million in new technology paid for through a voter-approved bond. Chalkbeat

WALKOUT Englewood schools will be closed on Monday as a large number of teachers plan to walk out in support of greater school funding. The Colorado Education Association has called for a day of action on Monday. It’s not clear yet whether other districts will close. 9 News

STRIKE THREAT The Pueblo Education Association is threatening to strike after the school board there voted down a recommendation for a pay increase in a narrow 3-2 decision. Make sure to click through for the photo of teachers and paraprofessionals reacting to the vote. Pueblo Chieftain

HOMEWARD BOUND? Denver Public Schools is partnering with Landed to provide down payment assistance to teachers. The union president called it a “PR, public relations approach to a very serious issue.” ABC 7

SPACE RACE Three students from the Cherry Creek district could have their recipes included in the next mission to the International Space Station. CBS 4

APPLIED MATH Students at Loveland High School are building a tiny home for a homeless person as part of the Geometry in Construction program. The program, which, as the name indicates, combines math and construction skills, started in Loveland and soon will be in 500 schools around the country. Reporter-Herald

HEAR NO EVIL Investigators and parents are wondering why a teacher didn’t report a threat that a student made against the school in Elbert. Fox 31