Rise & Shine: After student’s suicide, the search for solutions intensifies

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News of the tragic death by suicide of an Aurora 10-year-old has been reported around the country. Here at home, two state lawmakers say they plan to take action.

Also, the Douglas County school board is scheduled to meet tonight to discuss ending the legal battle over the district's controversial voucher program. Stay tuned for more coverage.

-- Melanie Asmar, reporter

PUSH FOR PREVENTION As the tragic circumstances of a Colorado fifth-grader’s suicide draws widespread attention, two state lawmakers said they plan to introduce legislation next year aimed at helping schools try to prevent such cases. Chalkbeat

TEACHER SHORTAGE To combat a shortage of teachers in Colorado, state education officials unveiled a sweeping strategic plan proposing ways to attract, keep and better pay educators. Chalkbeat, Denver Post, Denver Business Journal

VOUCHER DEBATE The Douglas County School District published a resolution Saturday that begins the process to rescind the Choice Scholarship program and end the legal fight over its controversial voucher program. Gazette, Denver 7, Fox31

The board is expected to discuss the resolution at a special meeting Monday. A conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers says it will fund a “five-figure accountability push” in Douglas County warning parents about it. Denver Post, Colorado Independent

REFLECTIONS The immediate past president of the Douglas County school board talks about the achievements and challenges of her eight-year tenure. Douglas County News-Press

SCHOOL CHOICE Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds. AP via Denver Post

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT Principals of six District 51 schools given low state ratings say they are trying to address many issues that dragged down student performance, from low test participation to traumatized students. Daily Sentinel

AFTER GRADUATION Colorado Mesa University has placed four full-time college career advisers in District 51 this fall to ensure by the year 2020, 75 percent of the graduating students enroll in some kind of next step. Daily Sentinel

POT OF MONEY How local school districts, including Denver and Jefferson County, are using marijuana tax money. Arvada Press

STUDENT SAFETY More parents have come forward about bullying issues at Sunrise Elementary School, where the fifth-grader who recently took her own life was a student. Fox31

HONORED Niwot High assistant principal Andrea Smith’s student-centered approach and success leading the school’s one-to-one technology roll-out has garnered her statewide recognition. Daily Camera

‘TAKE BACK THE KNIGHT’ Fairview High School in Boulder is starting with students to change a culture that made drinking at school events commonplace. Daily Camera

VOLUNTEERING Students from Aurora’s Hinkley High School are set to leave the Houston area after spending the past week helping with the massive recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area. Aurora Sentinel