Rise & Shine: Colorado school board backing off of arming teachers, for now

Good morning! To get your week started right, check out some news you might have missed Friday and over the weekend including a deep dive into the recommended changes for how Colorado students learn science, and a look at how child care centers are trying to help their teachers be better by paying for instructional coaches.

Chalkbeat also has a look at how the discussion on Denver's school board went last week when it came to charter schools, and a look this morning at an annual report that now has Colorado in second place for how state laws best support charter schools.

Also, today is the last day of voting in the Great American Teach-Off. Be sure to make your voice heard before 11:59 p.m. EST!

— Yesenia Robles, reporter


EARLY LEARNING Child care centers are increasingly bringing in coaches for their teachers. Chalkbeat

HOW CHILDREN LEARN SCIENCE A committee revising the state’s standards recommended Colorado adopt the Next Generation Science Standards which require students to engage with science.  Chalkbeat

NEW VOICES ON CHARTERS New board members for Denver Public Schools provided pushback on charter school contracts, creating a new divide on the board. Chalkbeat

FUNDING Last year’s change to how districts share tax money with charter schools led the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to move Colorado up in its ranking of states’ charter school laws. Chalkbeat

VOUCHERS The Douglas County voucher case was officially dismissed by the Colorado Supreme Court last week. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY A Colorado school board has reversed a decision to arm school staff choosing to wait to see how building safety improvements work first. Durango Herald

EARLY COLLEGE Students in Eagle County are staying enrolled after graduation to finish their two-year degrees for free, helping reduce college costs. Vail Daily

STEM A symposium used hurricane survival scenarios to introduce 8th grade students to the curriculum available at Central High School in Pueblo. Pueblo Chieftain