Rise & Shine: Meet the Colorado teens who are joining school walkouts on Wednesday

Good morning!

Tomorrow, students across  the nation will leave school to protest gun violence — on the one-month anniversary of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Today, meet some of the Colorado students who will participate, as well as one who will not. Some, like 15-year-old Saroja Manickam from Eagle County are angry and frustrated, tired of wondering whether their school will be next. Others, like 18-year-old Jabari Lottie from Denver, want to honor the 17 Parkland victims by holding in-school discussions about gun violence instead of walking out.

Also in our roundup today is Melanie Asmar's story about a landmark court ruling released Monday that disappointed Colorado's teachers union, but was heralded as a victory by groups ranging from the conservative Ready Colorado to the advocacy group Colorado Children's Campaign.

Have a great Tuesday!

— Ann Schimke, community editor

#NEVERAGAIN Colorado students explain why they’re walking out of school on Wednesday and districts consider how to handle the protests. Chalkbeat, Denver Post, Gazette, Aurora Sentinel, Fox31, KOAA, 9News, Aspen Times

FINAL RULING The Denver teachers who challenged a landmark state law that allows school districts to put certain experienced educators on unpaid leave lost their cases Monday. Chalkbeat

NO GO U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos admitted during a 60 Minutes interview that she hasn’t visited any struggling schools. Chalkbeat

FEWER TEEN MOMS In Colorado’s rural areas, the teen birth rate dropped dramatically between 2007 and 2015. U.S. News and World Report

NEW LEADER Constance Jones, a former superintendent of Pueblo City School District 60, has been hired as interim executive director of GOAL Academy High School. Gazette

ARRESTED A 16-year-old Montrose High School student was arrested Sunday after allegedly starting a Facebook Messenger thread making threats against the school. Daily Sentinel

UNDERSTANDING PERA A primer on the state pension fund that Colorado lawmakers plan to overhaul. Denver Post