Rise & Shine: Sen. Michael Bennet calls Betsy DeVos’s nomination “an insult”

UNCERTAINTY IN JEFFCO Students with special needs enrolled in programs at five Jeffco schools recommended for closure face additional uncertainty about where they might end up going to school next year. Chalkbeat Colorado

About 500 people showed up to a meeting about the potential closure of Stober Elementary in Lakewood. 9News

TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS By at least one measure, Colorado’s most at-risk students are less likely to have teachers rated effective or higher. Chalkbeat Colorado

The president of the Colorado Springs union says the state’s teacher rating system supplies “a further disincentive” for teachers to not want to teach at schools with higher populations of low-income and minority students. Gazette

BETSY DEVOS With the final confirmation vote looming on Trump education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, Democrats held the floor in Washington. Chalkbeat

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet took the podium, calling DeVos’s nomination “an insult to schoolchildren and their families.” Denver Post, Denverite, 7News

OPINION The Aurora Sentinel editorial board says DeVos is “a mess” and “the last thing public education needs in Colorado and across the country.” Aurora Sentinel

A Colorado native who works on education in Detroit offers three reasons why Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner should oppose DeVos’s nomination. Denver Post

RETURN TO SENDER A Broomfield school returned a $5,000 donation from an oil and gas company proposing a controversial plan to put hundreds of wells in the community. Longmont Times-Call, Colorado Politics

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT Colorado’s working parents may have an increased opportunity to attend academic activities for their children under a bill that passed the House Education Committee. Durango Herald

REDUCING WASTE The Boulder Valley School District is turning to data collection as it looks for ways to reduce its food waste. Daily Camera

NEW USE The former Denver Public Schools headquarters building in Capitol Hill will be converted into a self-storage facility with ground-floor retail. BusinessDen