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Rise & Shine: Adams 14 superintendent doesn’t want KIPP to open a school there

Good morning.

The photos are delightful: Students crowded around a classroom window, peering out as two moose nibble tree leaves and grass blades sticking out of a layer of white snow. If you have an extra minute this morning, I'd highly recommend clicking on the story about wildlife — and then checking out the photo album shared by Nederland Elementary School.

Our top stories today bring you news from the struggling Adams 14 district in Commerce City, where the superintendent cited philosophical concerns about charter schools in recommending against approving a high-performing network to open a school there. “Adams 14 believes in traditional public schools," he told the school board. Yesenia has that story.

Also in today's roundup: A lawsuit that alleges research databases gave students access to pornography, Q&As with candidates running for the Colorado State Board of Education, and more explanation about Amendment 73.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter


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CHARTER REVIEW The superintendent of the struggling Adams 14 district asked his board Tuesday to deny the new school application from the high-performing KIPP charter network. Chalkbeat

STUDENT ADVOCATE The senior class president at troubled Adams City High School in Adams 14 is pushing for change. CBS4

LAWSUIT A parent group is suing the Colorado Library Consortium over research databases it alleges give students access to pornography. Denver Post

VOTER GUIDES What you need to know about the state of school funding in Colorado and the direction voters can set on Election Day in November. Colorado Sun

The Denver Post has published Q&As with candidates running for election this November, including for seats on the Colorado State Board of Education. Denver Post

SCHOOL FUNDING To understand why Colorado schools say they need more money, you just have to click on any school district job site. Jeffco Public Schools has about 225 jobs still posted at the beginning of the school year. Colorado Public Radio

WILDLIFE Bears near a Boulder elementary school and a pair of moose outside a school in Nederland caused the schools to go on lockout Wednesday. Denver Post

CALENDAR COMMITTEE The Poudre School District in Fort Collins is considering changing its calendar next year so all grade levels would start on the same day. Coloradoan