Rise & Shine: Charters in Boulder and St. Vrain aren’t immune to state facility challenges

Happy Monday!

In today's news roundup, read about the finalized state budget, the problems charters face to find and maintain facilities, and a story about how teenagers think adults aren't talking enough about youth suicide. And, check out a story from our national reporter, Matt Barnum, who takes a look at two different studies that tried to evaluate the impact of teachers unions on schools and students. Each study had a different take.

Also, educators, if you haven't taken a few minutes to fill out our survey, please do so today. How do you feel about a possible state law restricting suspensions in the early grades? (Ann has background on it, here). Does it go too far, or not far enough? Will it affect how you do your job? Or how your classroom and school operate? Share your perspective by filling out this brief survey.

— Yesenia Robles reporter

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WHOLE CHILD Colorado bills aimed at helping students who face social and emotional challenges and to encourage schools to extend support to families advanced this week, although not without opposition. Chalkbeat

STRONG UNIONS Two new studies paint a divergent picture of whether teachers unions contribute to better schools. Chalkbeat

FULL DAY K One northern Colorado mom is tracking the Gov.’s proposal to fund full day kindergarten, hoping not to have to rely on a scholarship that she won’t know if she’ll have until two weeks before school starts  — and there aren’t enough scholarship spots for everyone in need. Coloradoan

STATE FUNDS Colorado lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a $30.5 billion state budget. Colorado Sun

CHARTER BUILDINGS While the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts are among the better funded districts in the state, their charter schools aren’t immune to the facility challenges plaguing charters statewide where, according to one report, a third of the state’s charter schools are in facilities not originally intended to be schools. Daily Camera

READING Dyslexia advocates have major concerns with a proposed overhaul of the 2012 READ Act saying the bill doesn’t go far enough. Colorado Public Radio

STIGMA Even as youth suicide rises, teenagers say they struggle to find people to talk to as openly as they would like to about mental health. Denver Post