Rise & Shine: Voucher supports push back after Douglas County school board action

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday.

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Your midweek report starts off with another installment of "How I Teach." On to the news.

HOW I TEACH After a mother’s surprising request, this Colorado debate coach realized the value of her work. Chalkbeat

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN The Douglas County School Board threw a knockout punch at school vouchers locally but fell short of staggering the movement nationwide, voucher supporters said Tuesday. Denver Post, 9News, ColoradoPolitics.com

TEACHER SHORTAGE The head of the Colorado Department of Higher Education says the state’s teacher shortage is all about perception, preparation and pay. KUNC

ADVANCING AP More students are taking advanced-placement classes at Durango High School as part of a grant from the Colorado Education Initiative. Durango Herald

PREVENTION PUSH As Chalkbeat previously reported, two Colorado Democratic lawmakers are considering legislation to curb Colorado’s rising rate of youth suicides. 9News

GLOBAL CHALLENGE  During the next several months, Colorado students will compete in a a statewide program  geared toward instilling global awareness in youths and teaching them how to engage in social issues through action. Denver Post

STUDY ABROAD Twin sisters from Pueblo recently stopped by an acclaimed school in Paris as part of the International Baccalaureate program. Here’s what happened. Pueblo Chieftain