Rise & Shine: Denver student brought gun to campus last week

Good morning!

At Chalkbeat, we've written a lot about school closings in Denver, and the community strife that bubbles up around such events. But today, we have a story from Melanie Asmar that describes how district officials are changing course — opting  for a more flexible approach to addressing struggling schools, rather than simply closing or replacing them.

Also, don't miss our story from yesterday about Colorado's higher-than-average share of inexperienced teachers. Find out what kinds of districts beginning teachers land in, what it means for students, and how experts think teacher turnover should be addressed.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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RED RATING Denver schools with persistently low test scores will have to present detailed improvement plans this fall, but they no longer face automatic closure or replacement. Chalkbeat

MISEDUCATION In collaboration with ProPublica, Chalkbeat reporters across the country examined federal civil rights data that shows vast opportunity gaps — and local efforts to close them. Chalkbeat

INEXPERIENCED Colorado has a larger-than-average share of beginning teachers in its classrooms. Experts weigh in on what might change that. Chalkbeat

GUN SCARE In a letter sent home to parents, the principal of a Montbello high school told parents that a student had brought a weapon to school last week. Denver Channel

TOUGH QUESTIONS A Q&A with U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, who memorably questioned U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about her knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act during her confirmation hearing. The 74

STATE SUPPORT Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s office will provide a $2.8 million grant to help increase access to mental health services and support for Colorado’s young people. Denver PostDenver Channel

IN FAVOR School District 51’s Board of Education voted unanimously to support statewide education funding measure Amendment 73 on Tuesday night. The Daily Sentinel

The Daily Sentinel also editorialized in favor of Amendment 73, writing, “We’re big on this education funding measure for the simple fact that it will generate millions in extra funding for area public schools and reduce property taxes at the same time.”

OPPOSED The Douglas County Board of Commissioners decided to oppose three ballot measures, including Amendment 73. Highlands Ranch Herald