Rise & Shine: Colorado students to join nationwide school walkouts

Good morning!

It's walkout day. Students across Colorado and the country are planning to leave their schools for 17 minutes this morning to honor the school shooting victims from Parkland, Florida, and speak out against gun violence. To keep tabs as walkouts and related activities unfold this morning, follow Chalkbeat on Facebook and Twitter.

Also in our roundup today are stories about a possible Denver teachers strike, the changed discipline model at Denver's North High School, and a look at how Colorado lawmakers plan to spend $7 million in extra education money they've recently been wrangling over.

Have a good one!

— Ann Schimke, community editor





TEACHER STRIKE? The Denver teachers union’s board of directors voted Tuesday to ask its members to strike if the union and the school district fail to reach an agreement Wednesday on teacher pay. Chalkbeat

NATIONAL MODEL North High School is one of three Denver schools serving as a model for using restorative justice practices instead of punitive discipline. Chalkbeat

$7 MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION Colorado lawmakers will take $7 million in “extra” education money they’ve been wrangling over and put it toward bills that improve school safety. Chalkbeat

LEADING THE CHARGE Meet students from Eagle County, Denver, Aurora, and Arvada who are joining walkouts at their schools today. Chalkbeat

WALKING OUT (OR NOT) An Arapahoe High School junior is helping organize a walkout at his school while a Golden High School sophomore opposes the walkout movement. CPR

HERE’S THE PLAN A roundup of activities and protests planned at Colorado schools on Wednesday. Fox 31, Durango Herald

THREAT UPTICK Adams 12 Five Star Schools sent a letter home to parents Tuesday night saying they had received about 40 Safe2Tell reports regarding safety concerns. Denver Channel

BALANCING ACT Denver metro-area school districts are marking Wednesday’s national student walkout protest of gun violence by acknowledging free-speech rights but setting guidelines for safety. Denver Post, CPR

PAIN REMAINS After a school shooting, the sense of trauma remains long after the outward signs of violence disappear. NPR

EVEN PLAYING FIELD The Harrison school district is one of 12 districts nationwide that will participate in a “digital equity” pilot program. Gazette