Rise & Shine: The teachers union does not like a key part of a pension overhaul proposal

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One of the most anticipated bills of this year's legislative session was an overhaul to Colorado's public employee pension system, in which many teachers participate. But after it was unveiled Wednesday, the teachers union immediately raised concerns, calling key provisions "alarming." Our Erica Meltzer has that story.

Also in today's roundup: A Q&A with a Denver principal who rides his Razor scooter through the hallways and a story about a national survey of transgender teachers about workplace harassment.

– Melanie Asmar, reporter

TEACHER PENSIONS Colorado lawmakers Wednesday unveiled one of the most anticipated bills of the session – an overhaul of the public employee pension system in which most public school teachers participate – and the teachers union immediately raised alarms about a central provision. Chalkbeat

HOW I LEAD A scooter, a reflection journal, and no surprises: One Denver principal’s approach to leadership. Chalkbeat

WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION More than half of transgender teachers face harassment or discrimination in the workplace, according to an NPR survey. Sam Long, a science teacher in Denver, said their administration initially pushed back on the idea of their coming out, but, “eventually I did come out to students and it had a very positive impact on the community.” National Public Radio

OPINION Enticing children to walk from schools to protest gun violence jeopardizes their safety, says the Colorado Springs Gazette editorial board. Gazette

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE Colorado students are inheriting a planet rife with problems. They recently showed how they intend to fix it. Denver Post

NEW ON THE BLOCK A new charter school, 5280 High School, has found a home in a former retail space on Broadway in Denver. BusinessDen

AFTER PARKLAND About 50 Berthoud students marched through town Wednesday morning in solidarity with the students killed in Florida and asked the school district to find the money for mental health counselors for the schools. Times-Call

Thwarted school shooting plans don’t get much attention. Here’s how that affects school safety debates. Education Week

SCHOOL SAFETY Grand Junction will join the efforts of other local municipalities to increase the presence of law enforcement at local schools, with plans to fund two additional school resource officer positions. Daily Sentinel, WesternSlopeNow

A Colorado Springs high school student is accused of threatening violence toward his school while in class Tuesday. The boy said he was joking, but other students felt uncomfortable, so the police were called. Gazette

A Colorado teacher’s tweets went viral after she mistakenly thought her school was experiencing a lockdown because of an attack on Tuesday. Newsweek