Rise & Shine: Former East High School Principal Andy Mendelsberg speaks out after retiring

FOLLOW THE MONEY Union committees and various political groups have raised nearly $1.5 million so far to influence the outcome of school board elections across the state, according to new campaign finance reports. Chalkbeat, ColoradoPolitics.com via The Gazette

TRANSPORTATION Denver Public Schools is changing course on how it will spend $400,000 in local tax dollars earmarked for student transportation after parents and community organizations claimed the district had not followed through on a promise to increase options for high school students. Chalkbeat

CHARTER SCHISM Stand-alone charter schools say they’re often overlooked in favor of big-name networks like KIPP — while at the same time being unfairly tied to Betsy DeVos’s agenda. Chalkbeat

TEACHER PAY Paying for housing in the Denver metro area is becoming increasingly difficult for many people and a new report highlights just how much financial pressure it’s putting on the area’s teachers. 7NEWS

FROM THE (SOUTHERN COLORADO) TRAIL  Transparency and openness, schools closures and board dysfunction were among the hot-button issues addressed by the five candidates seeking two open seats on the Pueblo City Schools board of education. Chieftain

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY The University of Colorado is eliminating all course and program fees starting in the fall of 2018, saving students $8.4 million, collectively, per year. Daily Camera via The Denver Post

COMMENT CARD From now until November 27, you have the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards that have been under review since May. FOX21

SPORTS BEAT Former East High School Principal Andy Mendelsberg, in his first interview since abruptly retiring, says he and his staff acted appropriately and quickly when the cheer squad scandal broke open in August. CBS4