Rise & Shine: Some school districts respond to hate incidents with more diversity work

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PARENT COMMUNICATIONS The budget the Aurora district approved this summer included money to centralize language services. It was part of the district’s response to parents demanding improved translation and interpretation services. Chalkbeat

REORGANIZATION School District 51’s school board voted to start an investigation into Superintendent Ken Haptonstall’s administration shake-up that resulted in more administrators, salary raises and a $1.2 million price tag. Daily Sentinel

PRIORITIES A school board in northeast Colorado is already gathering feedback on how it would allocate money to its list of needs, if a statewide ballot initiative to increase school funding passes. Journal Advocate

SCHOOL LUNCH Officials in Colorado’s school lunchrooms have had to be innovative to find ways to feed students healthier food. In some Colorado Springs schools that means hosting a garden club. Gazette

HATE The number of hate-based incidents in schools is not tracked, so it’s hard to say if anecdotal suggestions that it is increasing are true. Districts, including Denver, are still having to respond to the incidents through new diversity focused work. Education Week