Rise & Shine: In the debate over ‘busing,’ a look at the research

Good morning!

Today, reporter Yesenia Robles takes a close look at charter schools in the Aurora district, examining the complexities of a process that can put local and state players in dueling roles.

We also have a story from Melanie Asmar about a prominent Denver nonprofit that's taking a step that will allow it to endorse candidates in November's school board election.

Last, you've surely heard about last week's exchange between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden at the Democratic presidential debate over "busing" and school integration. What you may not know is what the research says about such efforts. Check out this story to learn more.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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CHARTER DECISIONS Led by a union-backed slate elected in 2017, the Aurora school board has taken a variety of stances on charter schools in the last year and a half. Chalkbeat

AND POLITICS The leader of a national charter school advocacy group urged supporters to fight back against attacks on charter schools and improve messaging to elected officials. Chalkbeat

ELECTION 2019 A prominent Denver parent and student group has formed a political committee that will allow it to endorse and support candidates in November’s school board election. Chalkbeat

DID BUSING WORK? Kamala Harris and Joe Biden have catapulted a long-running debate about “busing” and school integration back into the news. Here’s a look at what the research says. Chalkbeat

NEW FACES Six new superintendents took the helm of school districts across the Pikes Peak region Monday, the start of the fiscal year. The Gazette

OPINION Accusations about bias and unfairness have flown as the Pueblo City Schools board of education has sought input on closing or repairing district schools recently. But now the board’s work will get even harder, the paper’s editorial board argues. Pueblo Chieftain

MUD PIES A nonprofit, Free Forest School, is among a growing number of programs promoting outdoor play among young children around the nation, including in Colorado. Outside Magazine

BIG WIN A Greeley elementary school won a national award for project-based learning, an approach that is part of its innovation plan. Greeley Tribune