Rise & Shine: First waiver from Colorado’s new sex ed law granted

Welcome to another Friday edition of Rise & Shine!

Last April, Aurora Public Schools decided not to renew its contract with HOPE Online Learning Academy — citing low performance, poor teacher qualifications, and lack of oversight at the elementary and middle school. The decision led to the closure of three learning centers operated by the charter network. Now, in a surprising twist, the State Board of Education has ordered the school district to allow one of those three learning centers to reopen. Yesenia Robles has that story.

We also have news out of last night's Democratic presidential debate and a fascinating story out of our New York bureau detailing how preschool staff are preparing in case immigration agents come knocking.

Last, if you know any parents who have questions about school choice in Denver, send them over to our listening session on Sept. 18. All the details are here.

Have a great weekend!

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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ANOTHER TRY Following a second appeal to state officials, HOPE Online, a multi-district online school, will get to reopen a learning center in Aurora this fall. Chalkbeat

DEM DEBATE The leading Democratic candidates for president took on some hot-button issues in education during Thursday night’s debate, and illustrated the divide in how they think and talk about charter schools. Chalkbeat

PREPARING FOR THE WORST A New York City social services provider that enrolls about 300 preschool children is making sure its school staffers are ready with step-by-step plans in the unlikely event immigration agents come knocking. Chalkbeat

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU Parents, come to our listening tour event next week! If you can’t make it, take our survey. Chalkbeat

CALLED OFF Five school districts in El Paso County and one in Teller County have no contested school board seats or ballot measures and will not participate in the Nov. 5 election, according to election offices. The Gazette

SUPER TEACHER This kindergarten teacher, one of seven finalists for Colorado Teacher of the Year, advocated for full-day kindergarten by handing out half-baked cookies at the legislature — an illustration of the impact of half-day kindergarten on students. The Daily Sentinel

EXEMPT Liberty Common Charter School in Fort Collins has been granted a waiver to Colorado’s new sex ed law. The Coloradoan

SCHOOL INTEGRATION Nationwide, more students are going to schools with students of different races, according to a Washington Post analysis. Washington Post