Rise & Shine: Is Roots Elementary, one of Denver’s newest charter schools, making the grade?

COMMENT CARD Dozens of Jeffco public school parents praised the superintendent’s recent statement on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Others criticized it, with some voicing concern that teachers might express political opinions in the classroom. Chalkbeat

SHARE YOUR STORY  Teachers: How does your district handle family leave? How did it affect your life? Chalkbeat

MORE THAN A SCORE  Do ‘no-excuses’ charter schools lead to success after high school? At one high-profile Chicago network, the answer seems to be yes. Chalkbeat

TESTING GROUND When Jon Hanover launched Roots Elementary, a charter school in Northeast Park Hill, he hoped to create an innovative, high-performing community school by transforming the way elementary education is taught — all on a spot once devastated by gang violence. Two years later, has the school made the grade? 5280

LOST AND FOUND The Boulder Valley School District has added safeguards after a scammer stole about $850,000 of bond construction money using knowledge of public contracts and a forged signature. Daily Camera

LABOR DAY Pueblo City Schools and the its teachers union are once again fighting over money. Pueblo Chieftain 

UPGRADE PENDING The Canon City school district is asking voters to approve a $1.3 million tax increase to provide students with one-to-one technology. Daily Record

NEW DIGS Construction has started on the St. Vrain Valley’s new Innovation Center, designed to give the district’s students space to use what they’re learning in school to create, prototype and solve real-world problems. Times-Call