Rise & Shine: Education is on the ballot in 2017 — here’s what to watch for and why it matters

Welcome to Election Day!

By the time polls close tonight, there could be new school board members and shifting power dynamics in some of Colorado's largest and most closely watched school districts.

Keep tabs on it all by checking our live election page throughout the day. We'll be tracking the last flurry of activity on the campaign trail and posting live results once polls close at 7 p.m.

Also, don't miss Matt Barnum's story about the education implications of key school board, mayoral and gubernatorial races across the country.

— Ann Schimke, community editor


SHOWING UP In a bid to get kids to come to school regularly and avoid the drop-out track, some Denver schools use lots of carrots and a few sticks. Chalkbeat

LIVE ELECTION PAGE We’ll track that last day of campaign activity and post election results as they come in. Chalkbeat

EDUCATION ON THE BALLOT It may be an off-year election, but in communities across the nation that means voters are electing the politicians who most directly control schools. Chalkbeat

BYE SNAPCHAT An initiative to ditch social media for a month that started with Littleton Public Schools students has gone viral. Centennial Citizen

EXPLAINING HIMSELF An advocate for kids with learning differences told his story at a Struggling Readers Symposium held Sunday at the University of Colorado. Boulder Camera

OPINION A retired educator says taxpayers should help rescue the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association’s plan. Denver Post