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Rise & Shine: Why 1 in 5 teachers works a second job to make ends meet

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The big education news in Colorado this morning has to do with dollars, cents, and whole lot of signatures. The backers of Initiative 93, a proposed tax increase that would raise more than $1 billion for the state's schools, turned in what they hope is more than enough voter signatures to get the measure on the November ballot. Erica Meltzer has the details.

Today's roundup also features a story from the Coloradoan about why so many teachers work second jobs to make ends meet. It's an issue Chalkbeat has covered, as well. One teacher told the Coloradoan that if she didn't have a second job, "it would be very challenging to pay rent and my student loans and not live with my parents." Check out the full story below.

– Melanie Asmar, reporter

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ONE STEP CLOSER Supporters of more funding for Colorado schools turned in more than 170,000 signatures Wednesday to place a $1.6 billion tax measure on the November ballot. Chalkbeat, Chieftain, CBS4, Coloradoan, Westword

SECOND JOBS About 1 in 5 teachers have a second job, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. “It’s the price I have to pay to avoid a lifetime of crippling debt,” one teacher said. Coloradoan

LAND FOR SALE Colorado Springs School District 11 wants to sell a parcel of vacant land that it no longer needs for a new school. District officials say the ideal buyer would use the land in a way that benefits the neighborhood. Gazette

‘A LEADER AND A MOTIVATOR’ A profile of Darlene LeDoux, a former Denver Public Schools principal who is now the district’s interim executive director of English language acquisition. La Voz