Rise & Shine: St. Vrain Valley district prepares to open two new schools in the fall

Good morning!

Before the primary election last month, there were eight gubernatorial candidates with a dizzying array of positions for voters to consider. Now, with just two candidates left — Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton — it's a bit easier to compare and contrast. Erica Meltzer takes a look at where Polis and Stapleton stand on education issues, including school choice, education funding, and where they send their own kids to school.

Also in our roundup today, we have stories on two new schools in St. Vrain Valley, a program that aims to incorporate modern music in the classroom, and an English teacher who's also dyslexic.

— Ann Schimke, community editor

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TWO GUBERNATORIAL AGENDAS A look at how Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton, the winners of their parties’ respective primaries, view education funding, school choice, and more. Chalkbeat

NEW AND SHINY The St. Vrain Valley district will open two new schools — Soaring Heights PK-8 and Grand View Elementary — in the fall, projects that came out of a $260 million bond issue approved by voters in 2016. Daily Camera

MAKING MUSIC More than 500 educators from across the nation gathered in Fort Collins this week for a program that helps get modern music into classrooms by training teachers. Coloradoan

NO CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE Detroit district officials plan to hire teachers who are certified but have received no training in the classroom — a move that contrasts with a new pilot program in Denver that gives novice teachers a part-time teaching load so they can spend time daily getting extra training and mentoring. Chalkbeat

CAUSE AND EFFECT  Do suspensions lead to higher dropout rates and other academic problems? In New York City, the answer appears to be yes. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH This Indiana English teacher uses his own learning disability — dyslexia — to better understand his students. Chalkbeat