Rise & Shine: State-approved charters get to keep funding after bill dies

Good morning!

We've got an interesting story from our national team today about the impact of curriculum — or lack thereof — on student achievement. The large-scale study found there wasn't much difference in student tests scores no matter which of 15 elementary math curriculums schools used. It was a surprise to the researchers — and halted their plans to do annual follow-up studies on the topic.

Also in our roundup today is a piece from Essence featuring Rosemarie Allen, a key leader in the ongoing effort to prevent schools (and preschools) from suspending and expelling young children.

Have a great Tuesday!

— Ann Schimke


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CURRICULUM QUESTION New research suggests that different curriculum materials might not matter much — at least when it comes to elementary math test scores. Chalkbeat

VOICE FOR CHILDREN Rosemarie Allen, a professor and head of a Denver nonprofit, works to educate people about implicit bias and end harsh school discipline practices. Essence

TRUMP’S BUDGET President Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to the U.S. Department of Education and new money for a federal tax credit for individuals or businesses who contribute money to scholarships for private school tuition. Politico

MOVING TOWARD A RECALL A group dissatisfied with the school board of Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 turned in enough signatures Monday to force a recall election for three of the board’s five members. The Gazette

KEEP IT Colorado’s state-approved charter schools will get to keep the $10.5 million set aside for them now that a bill that would have taken the money back failed. Coloradoan

GROWTH COMING After a couple of years of slower enrollment increases, St. Vrain Valley School District officials are predicting stronger growth in coming years. Times-Call

CHILD TAX CREDIT U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is co-sponsoring a bill meant to fight childhood poverty by making a federal child tax credit accessible to more families and giving parents of young children a bigger credit. The Journal 

OPINION Having watched battles over comprehensive sex education in Colorado and other states, the author argues that promoting abstinence over medically accurate sexual health, inflicts physical and psychological harm on young people. New York Times