Rise & Shine: Has the strife in Jefferson County schools ended?

LABOR DAY  Seven months after a new school board, backed by the district’s teachers union, was elected in Jefferson County, educators have a long-term contract. But some unrest among teachers still remains. Chalkbeat

END OF STRIFE? The pitch of Jeffco’s school board has also changed, but the big issues — and some of the controversy — still sticks. Denver Post

SOUL SEARCHING A school, born out of the Chicano civil rights movement, has ended its agreement with Denver Public Schools and is redefining its role by focusing on its mission rather than test scores. Denver Post

GIRL ON FIRE Grace Davis, the 16-year-old Douglas County student who led a protest over teacher turnover rates, says she will spend the next two years fighting for teachers. Colorado Independent

MONEY ON THE TABLE Less than a third of Weld County high school graduates have signed up for the free money promised by the county’s college grant program, and the county doesn’t have enough money to fund those grants as originally intended. Greeley Tribune

A SPECIAL GRADUATION More than two dozen  young men were presented with diplomas — and a little bit of hope — last week as the Department of Corrections Youthful Offender System in Pueblo. Pueblo Chieftain

INTERNATIONAL LEARNING A Boulder middle school is raising funds to take students to visit the United Nations. Daily Camera

BUDGET WOES A 12 percent cut in state funding to Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 is forcing the district to withdraw more than half a million dollars from its reserves. Gazette