Rise & Shine: Students in Weld County walk out to protest treatment of teachers

Good morning!

On the campaign trail, Jared Polis promised to provide free preschool and full-day kindergarten to all Colorado children if he became governor, making education issues a key part of his platform. Now that he's been elected, we asked educators to tell us what they want Polis to know about their jobs, their schools, and their students as he sets his agenda. More than 100 people wrote in. Read a selection of their letters below.

Also in today's roundup: A new group wants school board members in Denver to join its "national community," students in Weld County protest the treatment of some of their teachers, and students in Pueblo attempt to walk on water.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

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DEAR GOVERNOR From one of the letters: “The majority of staff put in many hours outside the school day and on weekends. The workload keeps getting bigger, and the salaries do not measure up.” Chalkbeat

PORTFOLIO PUSH A new group says it wants to create a “national community” of school board members and will offer coaching and consulting services. Emails indicate the group is targeting board members in 10 cities, including Denver. Chalkbeat

PROTEST A high school in Weld County was evacuated for a possible bomb threat Tuesday, but that didn’t stop students who had planned a walkout to protest treatment of teachers in the district from marching to the district’s headquarters. Greeley Tribune, Denver7, 9News, Fox31

FUNDING The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by Gov. John Hickenlooper to resolve possible conflicts between the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and the Gallagher Amendment. The court did not say why. Gazette

HANDS-ON LEARNING Why these Pueblo engineering students found themselves at the county pool — with styrofoam dinghies strapped to their feet. Chieftain

POST SECONDARY How a college and career center is helping Aurora students from immigrant families plan for life after high school. Aurora Sentinel