A new rule proposed by the Trump administration could have what educators and advocates describe as a chilling effect on the legal use of public benefits by immigrants. As Ann explains in today's top story, that could impact students and schools. “The fear has always been there in these communities,” said the program manager of the Denver school district’s migrant education program. “Now, people are even more afraid.”
Also in today's roundup: A financial boost for Colorado charter schools, a unique "early college" model at a KIPP high school in New Orleans, and a member of the Denver superintendent's leadership team announces he will step down after just seven months on the job.
— Melanie Asmar, reporter
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CHILLING EFFECT Five ways a proposed immigration rule could impact Colorado students, including that more could come to school hungry. Chalkbeat
BOOST FOR CHARTERS The Colorado Department of Education has received $55 million in federal grant money to help new and expanding charter schools with start-up costs and other expenditures. Chalkbeat
TO AND THROUGH Why a private liberal arts college is enrolling KIPP charter school students in a two-year program designed to end with them earning both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. Chalkbeat
DEPARTURE A high-ranking member of the Denver Public Schools leadership team is leaving after just seven months on the job. Terrance Carroll, the chief legal and strategic initiatives officer, announced that he plans to step down on Oct. 19, the same day as Superintendent Tom Boasberg. Denver Post, 9News
RULE VIOLATION The principal and athletic director at Eaglecrest High School in Centennial have been placed on administrative leave because of a football player who took the field last year despite being ineligible. Denver Post, 9News, Fox31
RESPONSE TO BULLYING The mother of an eighth-grader with a disability who attends Broomfield’s Aspen Creek K-8 says the relentless bullying of her daughter highlights flaws in how the Boulder Valley School District handles such incidents. Daily Camera via Denver Post
ON THE BALLOT Voters in Douglas County are being asked to approve two separate tax measures that would increase funding for schools. “There are huge needs,” said the principal of Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, where the temperature of one classroom last year hovered around 49 degrees. Douglas County News-Press
The suburban district has also had difficulty retaining teachers. If passed, a portion of a $40 million tax increase would go toward pay raises. Douglas County News-Press
UPGRADES The Montbello campus in far northeast Denver, which is home to three schools, has a new library and new lights on its football field. CBS4, 9News
SCHOOL SAFETY A Jeffco school district safety task force is recommending increased mental health support for students, more school security personnel, training for school staff, and security and building improvements. Westminster Window
TAKING FLIGHT Instead of listening to a teacher drone on, 17 seventh-graders at Colorado Springs’ North Middle School were doing their own droning, and it was anything but boring. Gazette
UKE CAN PLAY “The coolest part is they’re writing their own songs, and they can play their favorite pop songs,” said a Greeley elementary school teacher who won a grant to buy 30 ukuleles for his students. Greeley Tribune