Rise & Shine: Dougco officials consider how to spend $13 million for school safety

Good morning.

There are 10 candidates running for three open seats on the Denver school board — and the Denver teachers union has just endorsed three of them. None of the three are incumbents (there aren't any running this year, leaving the races wide open) and two of them are fairly new to school district politics. Read our top story for more.

Also in today's newsletter: Douglas County commissioners debate how to spend millions of dollars they allocated for school safety after a fatal shooting earlier this year, districts respond to a new sex ed law, and a conservative education reform advocate offers an opinion on busing.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

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ELECTION 2019 The Denver teachers union has endorsed three school board candidates calling for change in a district known for embracing education reform policies. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY In a meeting Tuesday night, Douglas County commissioners heard recommendations for how to spend more than $13 million they had allocated for school safety and mental health. Colorado Public Radio, Denver Post, CBS4

SEX ED Over the next year, school districts serving hundreds of thousands of Denver-area students will take a look at whether their sex education classes are doing enough to teach about consent. Denver Post

At Soroco High School in Oak Creek, social worker Meghan Wykhuis said she’s spent the past several years updating what was an outdated approach to sex education. She believes the school’s curriculum is now one of the best in the country. Steamboat Pilot

OPINION The vice president of Ready Colorado, a conservative education reform advocacy organization, argues that Colorado Democrats landed on the side of school segregationists earlier this year. Denver Post

AWARD WINNERS Two Englewood principals won awards from the Colorado Association of School Executives. Colorado Community Media

ARRESTED A recent campus monitor at Rangeview High School in Aurora has been arrested on suspicion of sex assault on a child. Denver Post