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Rise & Shine: Suicide of 10-year-old Colorado girl casts spotlight on cyberbullying

Today's newsletter leads off with Yesenia Robles's look at how Jeffco Public Schools is considering some pretty significant changes to its school choice process.

The district is moving slowly toward a common enrollment system, not unlike one in neighboring Denver. That means Jeffco families would have one-stop shopping for schools outside their assigned boundaries, instead of having to dash from school to school. The district is also looking at launching new programs and schools to appeal to families, including an arts academy. But already, school board members are voicing hesitation about hurting existing schools in the process.

What will school choice, Jeffco style, ultimately look like? Many questions — and board discussions — remain.

We also have news today about the shocking suicide of a 10-year-old Colorado girl, a student in the Cherry Creek School District. The story, reported by Denver's FOX31, is getting picked up by media outlets around the world.

— Eric Gorski, bureau chief

CHOICE AND COMPETITION Jeffco’s possible changes to school choice could also address a persistent barrier to true choice — improving transportation options for students. Chalkbeat

SHOCKING SUICIDE The parents of a 10-year-old Colorado girl say she killed herself after a video of her confronting a bully at her school was posted to a popular social media app. FOX319News, New York Daily News, Daily Mail (U.K.)

BATTLING BULLYING Over the past two school years, the Colorado Department of Education has handed out $3.8 million to schools in 14 school districts seeking to combat bullying. FOX31

State lawmakers are talking about doing more, including statewide bullying prevention education. FOX31

DEVOS SPEAKS Appearing at the National Summit on Education Reform, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said we remain a “nation at risk” because of the state of education, and she cheered the Republican tax plan. Chalkbeat

AFFIRMED A recount confirmed the passage of a tax measure in the Hayden school district. Steamboat Today

THE APPRENTICES A research associate with the Independence Institute promotes Colorado’s apprenticeship program. Greeley Tribune