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Rise & Shine: Hispanic students in Boulder County face disproportionate discipline

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Before the news, a question: What's that thing in your life that you're excited will go away once the school year ends? Homework? Grading papers? School zone slow-downs? For me, it's socks — specifically finding my kids clean, matched socks every morning. I hate it and I can't wait for a three-month break.

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In our roundup today, we have a story from Yesenia Robles about a well-rated Aurora charter school that has been under scrutiny because of blurred lines between the school's governing board and a key contractor. We also have a glimpse into how high school students perceived changes that accompanied the shift to Common Core standards.

— Ann Schimke, community editor

CONFLICT OF INTEREST Aurora’s school board is set to decide  whether to renew the charter of a well-rated school that long has served children with special needs — but that also has become caught up in questions over conflicts of interest. Chalkbeat

STUDENT PERSPECTIVE The results of a small survey revealed what high school students liked and didn’t like about the switch to the Common Core standards. Chalkbeat

DISCIPLINE DISPARITIES Hispanic students in Boulder County are disproportionately suspended and referred to police, according to federal data from 2015.  Daily Camera

SEASON OF STRIKES As North Carolina teachers prepare to rally on Wednesday, a look back at what teachers in other states have asked for — and received — during strikes and rallies this spring. The 74

UNFORTUNATE REALITY The experience that two Native American brothers had when a paranoid mother called 911 on them during a recent tour of Colorado State University can be a frustrating reality on campuses. CPRAP via CPR

STICKING WITH FIVE The Cañon City School District will keep a five-day school week next year instead of switching to a four-day week. The Daily Record

DAY IN COURT A Lincoln County jury has acquitted the superintendent of the Karval School District on six of the seven child sexual assault charges against him. Denver Post

TOP NOTCH Eleven Colorado high schools received “gold” awards in a recent U.S. News & World Report issue on the country’s best high schools. Coloradoan

REFRESH Middle and high school students in Greeley-Evans School District 6 will have new English curricula in the 2018-19 school year. The Tribune