Rise & Shine: Adams 14 superintendent is out. Full-day K is in.
Good morning. Welcome to a pre-blizzard edition of Rise & Shine.
Some districts are already canceling after-school activities, so double check before assuming everything is going ahead as normal. I realized I need to get milk today, and I know I'll feel awkward in the grocery store. "This is just a coincidence. I swear." At least I don't also need bread and eggs.
We've got a ton of news today, so let's get right to it.
The Adams 14 school board last night voted to remove the superintendent of the long-struggling district — but not before giving him a raise to see out the end of his contract. Yesenia has that story.
She also has a look at MGT, the Florida-based company that is poised to start turnaround work in Aurora and Pueblo and that might also play a role in Adams 14. If the company gets contracts in all three districts, it would represent a significant increase in their relatively new role of trying to improve schools with low performance.
The long-awaited full-day kindergarten bill got its first hearing at the Capitol and cleared its first legislative hurdle. Over hours of testimony in the House Education Committee, not a single person testified against it. Fish has that story.
And in Denver, someone used gasoline to burn an anti-Semitic symbol into the asphalt at a southeast Denver elementary school. Denver police are investigating. Melanie has that story, along with a look at the first candidate to declare for the school board seat currently held by board President Anne Rowe.
We've got all that and much more Colorado education news below.
— Erica Meltzer, bureau chief
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ABREGO ‘OUT’ The superintendent of the troubled Adams 14 has been removed from his position by the school board as that district prepares to work with an external manager. Chalkbeat
TURNAROUND A single company could potentially double its portfolio for turnaround work with contracts in at least two — and maybe three — Colorado school districts. Florida-based MGT has been doing consulting work for school districts for decades but is relatively new to the difficult task of turning around struggling schools. Chalkbeat
FULL STEAM AHEAD Colorado’s long road to full-day kindergarten passed a first test Tuesday, winning House Education Committee approval. The unanimous vote came with cheers, applause, and comparisons to completing the transcontinental railroad. Not a single person showed up to testify against the proposal. Chalkbeat
‘HATEFUL IMAGE’ Denver police are investigating an incident in which someone used gasoline on Monday night to burn an anti-Semitic symbol on asphalt near the playground of a Denver elementary school. Chalkbeat
IN THE RUNNING A Denver father seeking a wide open board seat says the experience of raising money for his own children’s elementary school opened his eyes to disparities in the district. Chalkbeat
ONLY A DRILL Since Columbine, a generation of students has grown up with lockdown drills as a routine part of the school experience. One researcher is trying to figure out how to make them more effective. Colorado Public Radio
How parents talk to their children about lockdown drills can shape how children respond emotionally. Colorado Public Radio
LASTING IMPACT Tom Mauser still wears the shoes his son Daniel was wearing when he died at Columbine. It’s a way of having his son with him as he fights for stricter gun laws. Colorado Community Media
House Minority Leader Patrick Neville survived the Columbine shooting as a teenager and now fights to allow people to have guns in more places. Colorado Community Media
LEFT OUT Rural districts fear that state lawmakers will cut off a stream of dedicated money that many had come to rely on. Colorado Politics (paywall)
END OF THE LINE A Pueblo school that was due to come under external management in the fall after eight years of low performance will instead close, the school board there decided. A combination of factors, including enrollment and the condition of the building, led to the decision, Pueblo 60’s first school closure since 2012. Chieftain
MONEY TALKS Budget priorities in the Boulder Valley School District include more counselors at the elementary level and more special ed support. Daily Camera
ON LEAVE The principal of an Aurora school whose dean was arrested on suspicion of threatening colleagues with a weapon has been placed on leave, the district said. Fox 31 9 News
BARD ON BULLYING The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is traveling to middle and high schools to use the plots of Shakespeare plays to talk about bullying and how we treat one another. CBS 4