Rise & Shine: An outdoor preschool will open this fall in Boulder

Good morning.

As the school board election of November approaches, Melanie Asmar has you covered with all things looking at the Denver election where three seats are up for grabs. Today, there's a story below about one candidate's endorsement by Lisa Flores, a current board member.

Also, check out news about Colorado's Safe2Tell use in June, an outdoor preschool opening this fall in Boulder, and a dispute about how Jeffco is sharing bond money with charters. Also, check out Chalkbeat's coverage in Indiana, where two online schools may have to give back money for students that were on their rolls, for state funding, but were actually long gone.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

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ELECTION Lisa Flores, the school board member who represents northwest Denver has endorsed an engineer and longtime parent volunteer, Tony Curcio, to replace her this fall. Chalkbeat

SAFETY The number of reports made to Colorado’s Safe2Tell hotline have doubled what they were last year, during the first month of summer. Denver Post, Fox 31

OUTDOORS Boulder’s Thorne Nature Experience is trying outdoor preschool in the fall as the state continues looking at licensing options to make it easier to open outdoor preschools. Daily Camera

SHARING MONEY Community members in Jeffco are disputing how the district calculates how much of its bond money to share with charter schools. Colorado Community Media

VIRTUAL STUDENTS Indiana is discussing Wednesday whether to demand that two online schools — slated to close next year amid widespread mismanagement — return about $40 million in funding for students they never educated. Chalkbeat

GHOSTS Holli Stevenson believes her daughter is likely one of the thousands of inactive students who stay on the rolls and bring in more state funding for the troubled virtual charter schools. Chalkbeat