Rise & Shine: The Denver school board takes a stand for DACA with not much time left

Good morning.

I recently visited History Colorado's Zoom In, an exhibit that gathers 100 objects to represent the history of the Centennial State. Among them is a condolence letter written by a third-grader to Columbine students in the aftermath of the mass shooting there in 1999. That event was such a terrible touchstone for our entire state, and really for our entire nation, that curators felt it needed to be represented in one of those 100 objects. And yet now, Columbine is not even among the 10 worst mass shootings in American history. It fell off the list last year.

It's hard to know what to say at this point, but we keep talking because we have to, because children have questions and they need us to try to answer them. We have a round-up of resources and responses to the school shooting in Florida, where surviving students have been outspoken about calling on adults to act.

We also have news about the Denver school board standing up for DACA, a Greeley school's effort to get off the accountability clock, and new money for child care in the recent budget deal.

Read on.

– Erica Meltzer, bureau chief

P.S. We're closed on Monday for President's Day, so look for your next Rise & Shine on Tuesday morning.


THE AFTERMATH The shooting that left 17 people dead on Wednesday has elicited both terror and anger — and raised debates that are far from settled about how to keep American students safe. Chalkbeat

SOLIDARITY The Denver school board took a formal stand asking Congress to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and promised to provide educators with the opportunity to teach about immigrant rights. Chalkbeat

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED A struggling Greeley school very nearly got itself off the accountability clock but missed by a fraction of a percent. The State Board of Education appears likely to let Billie Martinez Elementary’s principal and teachers keep working under their existing innovation plan to improve student learning. Chalkbeat

MORE MONEY Thousands of additional Colorado families might be able to pay for child care if a federal spending bill due in March fulfills the pledge of a recently approved budget deal. Chalkbeat

FUTURE HELPERS A program at Manual High School trains students to work in medical professions. KDVR