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Are charter schools a beacon of hope for families seeking better educational options or a destructive force sapping the strength of traditional public schools? You'll hear versions of both answers in the Adams 14 school district these days as KIPP, the nation's largest charter school network, seeks to locate a new school in a struggling suburban district. The debate has grown ugly at times, with post-meeting arguments in the parking lot and at least one parent fearful of retribution for expressing her opinion. Yesenia Robles has that story.

We also have a recap of Friday's teacher demonstrations in support of Amendment 73, a look at Colorado's complicated school funding system, and a story about how a small number of parents use homeschooling as a way to hide child abuse.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter


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ON THE STREETS A demonstration by some Denver teachers Friday afternoon was among about two-dozen  teacher actions around the state in support of Amendment 73, a tax increase to fund education. Chalkbeat

Longmont teachers also participated in the show of support for Amendment 73. Times-Call

CONSIDERING KIPP As the Adams 14 districts faces possible state action for failing to improve achievement, it must decide whether to authorize a charter school for the first time. Chalkbeat

TROUBLING The number of suicide-related reports coming into the state’s Safe2Tell system has increased ninefold in six years, with suicide surpassing bullying as the leading reason students contact the program. Denver Post

NOT REINSTATED The award-winning Pine Creek High School theater director, whom Colorado Springs police cleared on March 9 of criminal wrongdoing amid allegations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a student, won’t get her job back. The Gazette

BALLOT RUNDOWN A look at 13 statewide proposals on this year’s ballot, including Amendment 73, which would raise money for schools. 5280

CLOSER LOOK Amendment 73 would change the state constitution and state law on how tax revenue is raised to fund public education, from preschool to grade 12. 9News

HOW DID WE GET HERE? The way Colorado funds its schools was dictated by accidents of math — and no one stepped in to intervene until it was too late. Colorado Sun

OUT OF SIGHT Most parents who home school their children do it with good intentions and good results. But for a small minority, home schooling is not about learning, but rather an easy — and unchallenged — means to hide abuse. Colorado Sun