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Rise & Shine: Vaccine bill not a high priority for leading state law-makers

Welcome to Tuesday!

I just got the list of end-of-year activities from my youngest son's school and the schedule is packed: There's field day, park day, the book fair, talent show, art show, and awards assembly. Then my son mentioned being excited about camping with his class and I panicked. How did I miss that one? Turns out, he was referring to a special activity in the school library where kids get to read with flashlights in tents. Sigh of relief.

Colorado lawmakers are also in cram-it-in mode right now — though they have days not weeks to get everything done. Today, we have multiple stories about what bills they'll prioritize in the last few days of the legislative session. We also have a look at a new study that examines the impact of the Common Core on student achievement — and leaves researchers with some unanswered questions.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter


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COMMON CORE RESEARCH A new study shows that states that changed their standards most dramatically by adopting the Common Core didn’t outpace other states on federal NAEP exams. Chalkbeat

RACE TO THE FINISH Democrats who control the Colorado Senate are starting to prioritize bills as time runs out for the 2019 legislative session, and some education-related legislation, including a controversial bill on childhood vaccinations, isn’t on the priority list. Denver Post, Colorado Sun, The Gazette, Denver Channel

HIGH TECH In 2007, the St. Vrain Valley district launched a series of academic innovations that have made the district the envy of public education administrators across the nation. Colorado Sun

LEADING THE WAY A Colorado Springs teen won a national award for volunteerism for her work on teen suicide prevention efforts. The Gazette

MAP-MAKERS About 700 Boulder elementary students worked with two University of Colorado Boulder environmental design students to create a new, child-friendly map of the city. Daily Camera

VIDEO EVIDENCE While some conspiracy theorists believed that 18-year-old Sol Pais, a Florida student who  prompted widespread school closures along the Front Range, was never in Colorado, video footage shows that she was. CBS4

EQUITY CONVERSATIONS Boston Public Schools is now at the forefront of efforts to take a districtwide approach to fighting cultural insensitivity and bias. Hechinger Report