Rise & Shine: Cañon City students submit, and win, grant for STEM program in their school

It's been a busy few days for education news.

On Saturday, big news was from the Democratic state assembly where delegates ultimately voted to reject Democrats for Education Reform, asking them to drop the word "democrats" from their name. Some of the opposition to the education-reform group came from a woman who was a student at Manual High School when the school was closed.

“When Manual shut down my freshman year, it told me education reformers didn’t find me worthy of a school," Vanessa Quintana, now a political activist, told the delegates.

The stories below also provide updates about what Superintendent Tom Boasberg had to say about Antwan Wilson's return to Denver, takeaways from an event where Boasberg and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet defended the closures of Manual and Montbello high schools, and a look at Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn's top leaders, ahead of a vote on his contract this week.

In other news to catch up on, also read about: Jeffco's proposed plan to move a charter school into the building that used to house an elementary school the board voted to close last year, how one high school will start drug testing students, and about the progress of a proposed change to a law to allow nurses to administer medical marijuana to students in schools.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

IN ACTION Colorado teachers are planning several actions today to call for more school funding and at least one district had to cancel classes. Chalkbeat, Denver Post, CBS 4

DIVISIONS Delegates at the Colorado Democratic state assembly Saturday booed down the head of the education reform organization, Democrats for Education Reform, and then voted for the organization to no longer use “Democrats” in its name. Chalkbeat

“FOREMOST THINKER” Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg explained his decision to bring back Antwan Wilson as a consultant, recalling his previous work in Denver. Chalkbeat

INNER CIRCLE Meet the seven district leaders in Aurora that report directly to Superintendent Rico Munn, learn about what they do, and how much they get paid. Chalkbeat

LOOKING BACK A few takeaways from a discussion hosted Friday at an event with Superintendent Tom Boasberg and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet hosted by the Denver-based Gates Family Foundation, including looking at the closure of Manual and Montbello high schools. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY As Colorado lawmakers are planning to invest more money into school safety with an increased number of school resource officers, learn about the role of these officers, how they’re trained and who they work for. Chalkbeat

FACT CHECK Betsy DeVos, U.S. Education Secretary, is talking about money being thrown at schools, but Chalkbeat takes a look at some problems with a visual graph she is sharing to make her point. Chalkbeat

CLOSED SCHOOL The Jeffco district is planning to move a charter school into the former Pleasant View Elementary building. There are community concerns over the lack of involvment in the decision. Golden Transcript

DRUG PROBLEMS Fort Morgan High School will start drug testing students participating in sports or extracurricular activities this fall. 9News

QUINTIN’S AMENDMENT Colorado lawmakers advanced an amendment that would allow school nurses and designated officials to administer medical marijuana to students. Vail Daily

STEM Cañon City High School will receive Colorado’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School grant — the first grant of its kind awarded to a rural school — after the application was submitted by students in an English class. Cañon City Daily Record