Rise & Shine: What does it mean to be a ‘community school?’

Good morning.

Much of today's newsletter is focused on reaction to the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which sparked passionate gun debates at the Colorado Capitol, high school walkouts in Douglas County and elsewhere, and a meeting at the White House with President Trump attended by at least one parent of a victim of the Columbine shooting.

Also in today's news roundup: A bill that would create a definition of "community schools" and encourage struggling schools to adopt the model, and the details of the forced resignation of the Washington, D.C. schools chancellor, who previously worked as an educator in Denver.

– Melanie Asmar, reporter

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS A Colorado lawmaker wants to encourage struggling schools to adopt the community school model, which involves schools providing a range of services to address challenges students and their families face outside the classroom. Chalkbeat

A RESIGNATION Antwan Wilson, a former Denver educator who served for the past year as chancellor of the high-profile Washington, D.C. school district, was forced to resign Tuesday. Chalkbeat, Washington Post

AFTER PARKLAND Colorado Democrats on Wednesday were poised to reject three Republican bills to loosen restrictions on guns as the renewed national debate about firearms sparked by last week’s south Florida high school massacre flared in the state legislature. Denver Post

“If you allow concealed carry on a campus, if anyone can do it, it’s not as simple as everybody thinks,” said a Colorado school superintendent whose district armed some of its personnel after the Sandy Hook school shooting. Greeley Tribune

The father of a Columbine shooting victim said he left a Wednesday meeting at the White House with hope that national policymakers were ready to do more about school violence. Denver Post

That same father talked to President Trump about the power of connectedness. 9News

Trump solicited suggestions from the students and parents who attended the meeting. He promised to be “very strong on background checks,” adding that “we’re going to do plenty of other things.” AP via The Denver Channel

Douglas County high school students walked out of class Wednesday to show support for victims and family members of the Parkland, Florida shooting. Douglas County News-Press

Dozens of high school students in Glenwood Springs also walked out. Post Independent

Nina Shelanski, a 17-year-old Poudre High School senior, gave fellow students black cloth armbands she’d made, which posed the question, “#MeNext?” Coloradoan

“It’s in our schools that these shootings are happening,” said a Littleton High School student who took part in a protest at the state Capitol Wednesday. “If we really want change, it has to start with us.” 9News

A Bear Creek High School student was in police custody Wednesday morning after Jefferson County Public Schools was warned about several reports of a violent threat he made about the high school via Snapchat late Tuesday night. Denver Post, Westword, The Denver Channel

OPINION A survivor of the deadly 2006 shooting at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey says, Welcome to the gun violence club. You are not alone. Denver Post

A RETIREMENT Colorado Springs School District 11 superintendent Dr. Nicholas Gledich has announced he’ll retire June 30 after 45 years in the education field and nine years with D-11. Colorado Springs Independent

STATE OF THE STATE Ahead of a Friday event featuring Gov. John Hickenlooper, The 74 takes stock of the big education conversations in Colorado. The 74

STEM FUNDING Boulder Valley School District received a $125,000 grant from Google Wednesday to go toward computer science education. CBS4