Rise & Shine: Former Denver district staffer enters school board race

Good morning!

I don't know about you, but I'm done with snow! And frankly, rain too. C'mon sun, please come back!

While we wait, let's dive into the news. Our lead story today is about one of Gov. Jared Polis' signature campaign promises — full-day kindergarten for all. He signed the bill into law Tuesday at a Denver elementary school, giving lawmakers, advocates, and parents of soon-to-be-kindergarteners a reason to cheer. (Need a cheat sheet on Colorado's full-day kindergarten expansion? Check out this Q&A.)

We also have stories on the latest Denver school board candidate to enter the race and a Broomfield initiative meant to convince teens to give up their vaping devices.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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IT’S OFFICIAL Fulfilling a key campaign promise, Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a bill funding full-day kindergarten at a ceremony at Stedman Elementary in Denver. Chalkbeat

HAT IN THE RING A former district staff member who attended school in Denver and wants to create more affordable housing options for teachers is running for an at-large seat on the school board. Chalkbeat

TABOR REFUNDS One question on November’s ballot will ask voters for permission to keep refunds from the Taxpayers Bill of Rights to allocate towards transportation projects, public schools, and higher education. KOAA

LET’S TRADE On June 3, Broomfield officials will reward local teenagers who hand over their vaping or e-cigarette devices with a three-month recreation pass. Colorado Hometown Weekly

HARD TO NAVIGATE The Boulder Valley school board at its Tuesday work session talked about how to improve its charter school authorization process as the district starts work on a new policy. Daily Camera