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Rise & Shine: Pot tax proceeds could help with full-day kindergarten start-up costs

Good morning!

After last week's school closures and safety worries, it was a relief to visit a Jeffco elementary school on Friday where everything seemed, well, normal. The best moment unfolded in a kindergarten classroom when a little boy announced, "We have jewels at my house!" The boy next to him quickly replied, "We have rules at my house, too."

The first boy issued an immediate correction: "I didn't say rules. I said jewels." Then, to make his meaning crystal clear, he added, "Like, the British kind."

I didn't stay long enough to learn more about that child's treasure trove of British jewels, but the whole exchange made my day.

Now, for the news. We have a story today about how Gov. Jared Polis may play a role in changing Colorado's teacher evaluation system and the latest on the close race for Denver teachers union president and concerns that not all votes were counted.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter


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EVALUATION OUTLOOK Colorado’s controversial teacher evaluation system is likely to get a closer look, even if legislation to reduce the importance of test scores in that system is not successful. Chalkbeat

BY A HAIR Some Denver teachers are raising questions about a teachers union election that saw the incumbent president win by 11 votes, a margin that triggers an automatic recount of ballots. Chalkbeat

NO REBOUND New research on a closely watched school voucher program finds that it hurts students’ math test scores — and that those scores don’t bounce back, even years later. Chalkbeat

FULL-DAY K Colorado lawmakers are considering using proceeds from marijuana taxes to  help struggling school districts cover up to $25 million in startup costs as they expand full-day kindergarten this fall. Denver Post

TEACHING ABOUT TRANSGENDER The Boulder Valley School District is facing its first formal challenge over how schools teach about transgender and gender diverse students after a complaint over a musical about a transgender raven. Daily Camera

DEBT OR DEBIT? Under Colorado graduation guidelines, financial literacy is a required component of economics courses, and some schools are adding advanced classes on the topic. The Gazette

BIG HEART A Littleton teacher works with students in the Kids Caring for Kids With Cancer Club to raise money and make gift bags for cancer patients. Denver Channel

LETTUCE AND FISH A Grand Junction high school has an aquaponics program that allows students to learn about growing produce and raising tilapia in a symbiotic system. The Daily Sentinel