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Rise & Shine: How Colorado stacks up when it comes to full-day K

Good morning!

Welcome to another Friday edition of Rise & Shine.

I remember enrolling my son in kindergarten and being shocked that I would have to pay tuition for a full day of instruction. Half-day kindergarten, in my mind, was a relic of a bygone era, when mothers stayed at home and children rode their bikes without helmets.

It turns out that Colorado is far from alone in only funding half-day kindergarten — though it's less common to allow schools to charge tuition. As Gov. Jared Polis' push to fund full-day kindergarten nears the finish line, Ann has a look at how Colorado fits in the national context — and which state is considered a kindergarten role model.

We've also got a look at how education fared in the state budget debate, a charter network investing in its students' college choices, and an examination of one of the persistent questions since Columbine.

Read on.

— Erica Meltzer, bureau chief


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COMPARE AND CONTRAST If Gov. Jared Polis’ push to fund full-day kindergarten is successful, it will bring Colorado closer to states that have model kindergarten policies, but we’ll still have a ways to go. Here’s a look at how Colorado fits in the national context. Chalkbeat

MONEY GAME Colorado’s K-12 education budget avoided cuts that some advocates had feared in the state House even as Republicans and Democrats brokered a deal to increase transportation spending. Chalkbeat

BEST SHOT One charter network plans to use targeted scholarships to help graduates overcome a common problem: students from low-income families getting into selective colleges but taking a pass because they just can’t afford it, even with financial aid. Chalkbeat

PRECURSORS Twenty years after Columbine, a question persists: Can school shootings be prevented? Often, there are warning signs, say people who study these acts of violence, and many shootings are foiled. Colorado Public Radio

HEALTHY MEALS A coalition of state attorneys general is suing the Trump administration over weakened nutrition rules for school lunches. (Colorado’s Phil Weiser is not one of them.) NPR

STUDENT VOICE As the Pueblo 60 board considers plans that would close high schools in the struggling school district, students are weighing in on the alternatives. “It’s a topic that’s going to affect generations, for years to come,” one student said. “And most importantly, our students’ education has to come before Pueblo traditions.” Chieftain

PEST CONTROL A school in southeastern Colorado closed for two days after bed bugs were discovered in the building. KKTV 11

UNDER ARREST A dean of instruction at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy has been arrested on suspicion of carrying a gun on school grounds. ABC 7