Rise & Shine: 18 percent of Colorado high school grads go to a top college

Good morning!

Leading off today's newsletter is a story from our national desk about a threatened teacher strike in Los Angeles. The issues may sound familiar to those who follow the Denver school district: teacher pay and concern about the growth of charter schools. As L.A. teachers prepare for a possible strike, teachers in Denver are weighing the same possibility if the district and the union can't agree on a new salary system.

Also in today's roundup: A new report on where Colorado high school graduates are going to college, why four Aurora high school administrators were placed on leave, and Colorado Springs middle schoolers win a contest with their innovative idea.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

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PORTFOLIO PUSHBACK If Los Angeles teachers go on strike this week or next, it won’t just be about dollars and cents — it will be part of a broader fight over the role of charter schools and the “portfolio model” of managing schools. Chalkbeat

HIGHER EDUCATION A new report shows that while 57 percent of all Colorado students from 2009 to 2015 went to college immediately after graduating high school, only 18 percent went to one of the country’s top colleges. Denver Post, 7News

UNDER INVESTIGATION Four employees of Smoky Hill High School in Aurora — including the athletic director, the wrestling coach and an assistant principal — have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into their handling of an off-campus incident in which a student was armed with a gun. Denver Post, Aurora Sentinel

OPINION A former teacher living in Glenwood Springs writes, “Instead of welcoming every new mandate, meta-study and Marzano practice with open arms because it might benefit one student somewhere, ask, ‘Will this benefit teachers?’ Or, will it be the proverbial straw on the back of one teacher somewhere, hurting the 30-odd students relying on him or her?” Glenwood Springs Post Independent

‘SOLVE FOR TOMORROW’ A Colorado Springs middle school class won $20,000 in a contest meant to encourage students to solve real problems in their community. The students’ idea? A multilingual kiosk that would be set up in front of soup kitchens and similar agencies to help people access food, shelter, self-care, health and job training services. Gazette

NEW ROLE After serving seven years on the Poudre School District school board, new state Rep. Cathy Kipp submitted her resignation Tuesday night. While it wasn’t necessary, Kipp said she would not be able to give either role the attention it deserves if she tried to do both. Coloradoan

PODCAST Legal recreational marijuana sales were sold to Colorado voters as a way to fix crumbling schools. But that’s only the start of where the hundreds of millions of tax dollars has gone. Denver Post reporters explain in this podcast. Denver Post