Rise & Shine: State education board sides with Aurora over online charter school

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In today's newsletter, we've got the latest on Aurora's relationship with a struggling online charter school, a student's message to state lawmakers about the importance of sex education, and an effort to fight a ballot measure that would let state government keep more revenue for schools.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

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NO LONGER AN OPTION The Colorado State Board of Education on Wednesday terminated HOPE Online Learning Academy’s ability to serve nearly 400 Aurora students. Chalkbeat

SEX EDUCATION When a transgender student from Colorado Springs testified in support of Colorado’s controversial sex ed bill earlier this year, she wanted to send a clear message: Without comprehensive sex ed, she might not be alive today. KUNC

EXTERNAL MANAGER A deep dive into MGT Consulting, the for-profit firm that will manage the Adams 14 school district, as well as certain schools in Aurora and Pueblo. Aurora Sentinel

‘NO ON CC’ A group made up of some of the Colorado Republican Party’s biggest names has formed to fight a ballot measure that would allow the state to keep future refunds allowed by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights to go for schools and transportation. Colorado Politics

FULL-DAY K A decade after some Colorado school districts pushed back against then-Gov. Bill Ritter’s full-day kindergarten plan, most consider it essential. Colorado Sun

SCHOOL SAFETY A Columbine survivor has started a foundation aimed at preventing school shootings. Fox31

LAND SWAP The Poudre School District in Fort Collins plans to swap property it owns for another slice of land in the hopes that the new site might be better for a future school. Coloradoan

SCHOLARSHIP Kat Culpepper is one of seven local Boulder students who received a college scholarship after exiting the foster care system. Times-Call

HANDS-ON LEARNING About 250 St. Vrain Valley School District students are participating in a summer STEM camp that is a collaboration between the school district and IBM. Times-Call

SENTENCED A former driver for the company that delivers children to District 51 schools in Grand Junction was sentenced Monday to essentially a life term for sexual assault. Daily Sentinel