Rise & Shine: Brighton 27J schools starting the school year with four-day schedule

Welcome to a new week. Many are returning to classes this week, so get prepared by catching up on education news.

In Denver, officials have named a search firm that will help the school district find its next superintendent. Melanie Asmar's story below includes a copy of the contract, and some background on why some have questioned the firm's selection.

In other news, a study is showing the importance of coaching principals, a Brighton-based school district is about to start the year off with a shorter week, and a Colorado Springs-area school district had to delay its first day of school, again.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

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HIRED Denver Public Schools will pay Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates $30,000 to help them search for qualified finalists for the district’s next superintendent. Chalkbeat

LEADERSHIP TRAINING How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, according to early findings from a study being conducted by Vanderbilt University and Mathematica Policy Research. Chalkbeat

TRANSPORTATION As Chalkbeat previously reported, several school districts including one in Colorado Springs, are suing the state over transportation language in a new law that will allow cross busing. Gazette

FOUR-DAY The school district in Brighton is starting the school year with a shortened four-day school week. Fox 31

ONE MORE DAY Tuesday marked the fourth time in five years that Hanover School District 28 had to delay its first day of school. Gazette

PEOPLE, MONEY, BUILDINGS A rundown of what’s new at school districts in the Colorado Springs area. Gazette

PUBLIC RECORDS Questions, confusion and crisis management consumed School District 51’s top leadership following revelations that the superintendent’s administration shake-up would cost $1.2 million. Daily Sentinel