Rise & Shine: Interim principal named at Denver’s Manual High School

Good morning!

Over the last several years, charter schools have gained an increasing foothold in Denver, led by homegrown networks such as DSST and STRIVE Prep. More than a quarter of Denver schools are now charters, and the district has approved many more. Should charter schools own that much of public education? Is education still public when it's privately managed? Those are questions our editor-in-chief, Elizabeth Green, took on in a recent piece in the Atlantic centered on one of the country's fastest-growing charter networks and its polarizing leader, Eva Moskowitz.

Next week, The Colorado Forum will host a conversation between Elizabeth and Eva about these issues — and how they might play out in Denver. Would you like to attend? We’ve snagged five seats for Chalkbeat readers. If you’d like to attend the March 13 event, drop the question you would ask here. We’ll give seats to the people who ask the best questions.

Now, for the news.

After the sudden resignation of Manual High School's principal on Friday, our latest story reveals who Denver district officials named as the interim principal and how students reacted to the abrupt changes at their school. Another story on leadership shifts in today's roundup details which two candidates are finalists for the Boulder Valley School District's top job.

Have a great Tuesday!

— Ann Schimke, community editor


INTERIM AT MANUAL An interim principal was named for Denver’s Manual High School Monday, three days after the previous principal resigned. Chalkbeat

TWO FINALISTS The Boulder Valley school board on Monday narrowed its superintendent search to finalists Rob Anderson, a deputy superintendent in Atlanta’s Fulton County Schools, and Krish Mohip, CEO of Ohio’s Youngstown City School District. Daily Camera

NOPE Officials in the Grand Junction-based School District 51 don’t think arming teachers is a good idea. Daily Sentinel

CONSERVATIVE ON CAMPUS A professor at the Colorado Springs campus of the University of Colorado talks about his book on the experience of conservative professors in higher education. CPR

THEATER STUDENTS PROTEST High school students in the Academy 20 school district held a sit-in after the faculty director of their upcoming musical revue was put on administrative leave. Gazette

MUSIC MAN A nonprofit called Bringing Music to Life donates instruments to low-income students at schools across the state. Westword