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Rise & Shine: Teachers tell the board students and staff were traumatized after incident at Aurora West

Last night at an Aurora school board meeting, the district presented a new agreement to allow the Vega charter school to remain open, as the State Board requested last month. Aurora board members were hesitant but said they were thinking of the students as they gave the charter school another chance.

In two stories below you'll also see the focus on requests for more mental health services for students following different tragic incidents. The Aurora Sentinel has a story on the voices from staff at Aurora West, where teachers say several students have lost all trust in adults after one of their deans brought a gun to school and their principal failed to respond appropriately. At that board meeting, students from other schools also joined in the request asking the board to consider less police force, and more counselors instead.

And Colorado Public Radio has a story about the students who spoke Monday to the Douglas County commissioners following the STEM school shooting.

Have a good day.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

REVERSAL The Aurora school board approved a corrective action plan to allow Vega Collegiate Academy to stay open, reversing their decision to close the school. Chalkbeat

MANAGEMENT The State Board of Education on Tuesday put out a statement about the lawsuit the teachers union filed challenging the management of a school by a for-profit company. Chalkbeat

YOUR VOICE The 2018-19 school year was a particularly tumultuous one in Colorado, and we know our readers learned many lessons in and out of the classroom. Tell us about it. Chalkbeat

BROKEN TRUST At a packed Aurora school board meeting Tuesday, several Aurora West College Preparatory Academy staff described a horrific aftermath of an April incident that they say left traumatized students and staff. Aurora Sentinel

AFTERMATH More from Monday’s Douglas County commissioners meeting where students in attendance were far more concerned with the sense that mental health was rapidly becoming a crisis among their peers. Colorado Public Radio

HEALTHY SCHOOLS Parents of three children say their elementary school made them sick, but school officials say repeated tests show the building is not contaminated. Gazette