Rise & Shine: Former Cherry Creek teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting students

Good morning!

When my youngest niece was three, she tried Buffalo wings for the first time. We still laugh about her reaction. She shrieked: "Burning hot, burning hot ... waterrrrrrrrrrr!"

It's a remark that sums up today pretty well, with sweltering temperatures in the forecast and hopefully, a trip to the pool or through the sprinkler in your future.

But before you pack up the beach towels, check out our stories on the appointment of a new board member — who's also a state senator —in the struggling Adams 14 district and the K-12 impact of the Trump administration's decision to withdraw guidance on using race in school admissions.

Stay cool!

— Ann Schimke, community editor

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APPOINTED State Sen. Dominick Moreno will be the newest member of the Adams 14 school board after a 3-1 board vote Monday. Chalkbeat

DEVOS DECISION The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw guidance on using race in school admissions could affect desegregation efforts in some districts. Chalkbeat

IN COURT A former teacher at Prairie Middle School in the Cherry Creek School District pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting multiple students and will spend at least 40 years in prison. The Sentinel

BIG GAPS Denver’s student test scores are in the middle of the pack nationwide, but the city has the third largest achievement gap in the nation between poor students and their more affluent peers. CPR

MATH FOCUS Early math skills, though critical to academic success, get far less attention than literacy in high-poverty classrooms. One school district is working to change that. The Hechinger Report

ASPEN PROMISE The Aspen Education Foundation will receive its first-ever seven-figure donation — for a program that aims to close the final funding gap for local students heading to college. Aspen Daily News