Rise & Shine: Proximity to pot shop halts charter school relocation plans

Good morning!

An Aurora charter school wants to relocate to a larger space, but it's facing a particularly Colorado problem: Legal pot. Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn nixed the proposed site because of concerns that it's too close to a marijuana shop. Yesenia Robles digs into the issue and looks at what state law says — and doesn't say — about how close schools and pot shops can be.

Also in our news roundup is the latest on a landmark special education case — Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District — that last spring went to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, a lower court ruled that the school district must reimburse the couple that brought the case for their son's private school education. They shared their reaction to the case this morning.

Have a great Tuesday!

— Ann Schimke, community editor



NO GO A charter school looking to move out of a church basement as it adds more grades next year has halted its plans after the Aurora school district rejected the school’s desired location — near a pot shop. Chalkbeat

LONG-AWAITED RULING In the latest chapter of a landmark special education case, a federal judge on Monday ordered the Douglas County School District to reimburse a couple what they paid to send their son to a specialized private school. ChalkbeatDenver Post

FIRST PERSON Two school leaders whose schools are part of the Denver school district’s innovation zone discuss the value of the zone and the lessons they’ve learned. Chalkbeat

HELLO AGAIN Debora Scheffel, a former State Board of Education member whose defeat in 2016 handed control of the board to Democrats, could be on her way back. Chalkbeat

NURSES NEEDED A proposal that would allow Colorado community colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing was approved in the State House on Monday. Gazette

MIXED BAG Englewood’s traditional high school saw a decline in its graduation rate while its alternative high school saw an increase. Englewood Herald

MORE PAY Substitute teachers in the Cañon City School District will get a pay increase to meet the state’s new minimum wage requirements. The Daily Record

MENTOR MATCHES Upperclassman at several Pueblo high schools mentor ninth-grade students. Pueblo Chieftain