Rise & Shine: Pot tax money to be used for after-school marijuana prevention education

Good morning!

It may be summer, but today's newsletter is absolutely bursting with news. Our top story: A surprise resignation in the struggling Adams 14 school district. Yesenia Robles has that story.

Also in our newsletter: Should fourth-graders learn about the benefits of guns for self-defense? That's a question the Colorado State Board of Education debated yesterday. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. debated the merits of charter schools.

All that – and much more, including the latest in our popular "How I Teach" series – below.

– Melanie Asmar, reporter

STEPPING DOWN In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, the president of the Adams 14 school board abruptly resigned — a departure that could reshape the leadership of the split board. Chalkbeat

GUN SHY Some Colorado State Board of Education members wanted fourth-graders to learn about the benefits of guns. Here’s why it won’t happen. Chalkbeat, Denver Post

HOW I TEACH How the acting aspirations of a student with Down syndrome changed this Lakewood theater teacher’s approach. Chalkbeat

‘NEXT GENERATION’ New science standards adopted by a divided Colorado State Board of Education call on students to learn by puzzling through problems in the natural world rather than by listening to facts from a teacher. Chalkbeat

CHARTERS ON THE HILL The title of the Congressional hearing (“The Power of Charter Schools”) and the selection of witnesses made clear that the intent was to frame the discussion positively. But lawmakers also raised pointed questions about the schools’ transparency and effectiveness. Chalkbeat

OPINION Superintendent Jason Glass writes that a districtwide survey revealed 60 percent of respondents said Jeffco Public Schools is headed in the right direction. Arvada Press

Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute argues in favor of guns in schools: We have armed airplane pilots, he writes. Why not armed school staff? Greeley Tribune

The interim superintendent of Eagle County Schools reflects on her time in the position. Vail Daily

POT (OF) MONEY Denver will use a portion of the pot taxes collected by the city to fund marijuana prevention education in 20 after-school and summer programs around the city. Westword

REAL ESTATE The former Colorado Heights University campus in southwest Denver, which is home to a Denver charter school, is again under contract. And this time a local developer is taking a crack. BusinessDen

AWARD-WINNING Samantha Briggs, director of communication for Widefield School District 3, is being recognized for “extraordinary public relations performance.” Gazette