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And now, today's education news: The superintendent of the struggling Adams 14 district has prepared a plan to bring back the popular biliteracy program, but the district won't release it to the public. Yesenia has that story. I have an update on the Jeffco bond election. It's suddenly quite close.

And Francisco from our national team has a story about the charter network KIPP slowly changing its discipline practices.

Read on.

– Erica Meltzer, bureau chief


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NO SHOW As it faces state intervention next week, questions over its governance, and ongoing public outrage, the troubled Adams 14 school district is keeping a new plan for restoring a popular biliteracy program secret. “How can they get input if they keep it secret?” one advocate asked. Chalkbeat

STILL KICKING The margin by which Jeffco’s $567 million bond request is losing has become very narrow. We’ll keep watching this race in case it changes. Chalkbeat

KNOW JUSTICE An early emblem of the “no excuses” approach, the KIPP charter network has been slowly rolling out restorative justice practices at its schools across the country, in part because administrators realized high suspension rates endangered children’s academic progress. KIPP Colorado Schools used a grant to hire restorative justice coordinators for all its campuses. At KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, suspensions plummeted. Chalkbeat

LONG GAME Leaders in the Adams 12 district credit rising test scores and growing community confidence with the passage of a tax increase. ABC 7

NEXT STEPS The Thompson district in Loveland is forming citizens committees to serve as “our watchdog group” after voters there approved a local tax increase and a bond request. Reporter-Herald

UP UP AND AWAY Students at Dry Creek Elementary in Centennial got a rare chance to send a weather balloon carrying science experiments into the stratosphere. 9 News

BUILDING BURDENS Pueblo City Schools faces a $785 million price tag for needed repairs on failing buildings, even as enrollment declines and classroom space sits unused. Chieftain

The directors of Children’s Kiva Montessori School in Cortez are looking for temporary facilities after asbestos was found during remodeling of the former Montezuma County Justice Building. Children attended classes in the building during construction for weeks before the asbestos was identified. The Journal

HANDS ON The principal of one Mesa County elementary school added a maker space after seeing what a difference the opportunity to work with his hands made for a disengaged student. Grand Junction Sentinel

MODEL CURRICULUM The St. Vrain district is hosting educators from around the state to learn more about its Innovation Center at Discovery Education’s fall forum. Times-Call

BONUS POINTS Eagle County is offering recruitment bonuses for new employees at licensed child care facilities to counter a severe shortage. Vail Daily