Rise & Shine: 24,000 Colorado kids are back in class with vaccine exemptions

Good morning, Chalkbeat readers.

We'd love to invite you to participate in our annual listening tour, and ask for your help in spreading the word.

The topic this year is, "School choice: Parents, what do you want to know?" We'll start with an overview of school choice. Then, Chalkbeat will listen: What questions do parents have about their local schools, and how could Chalkbeat help answer them?

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Now, onto the news.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

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EXEMPT Amid a record number of measles cases nationwide, about 24,000 Colorado kids went back to school this fall with personal or religious exemptions from the vaccination that protects against the highly contagious disease. Chalkbeat

ELECTION 2019 The final candidate to enter the Denver school board race said she was inspired to run because she can relate to the one in three Denver students learning English as a second language. Chalkbeat

ELECTION 2020 A former district administrator and a teacher of teachers is running to represent the western Denver suburbs on the Colorado State Board of Education. Chalkbeat

SEX ED The Buena Vista school district joins other districts in opposing a new sex ed law passed by Colorado lawmakers. Chaffee County Times

MORE PLANNING TIME The Jeffco school board is considering revising the district budget to spend $500,000 to ensure that every teacher has 45 minutes of planning time per day. The proposed change comes after disappointing state test scores. Arvada Press

FULL DAY Despite costs, complications — and meltdowns — Colorado school districts power through full-day kindergarten. Colorado Sun

SEVERANCE PAY Six months after Colorado Springs School District 11 gave one of its top officials an “exemplary” job performance rating, the district sent him packing — with severance pay, records show. But the district refuses to release the severance agreement. Colorado Springs Independent

SCHOLAR Meet Abbeygail Mangaoang, one of 12 recipients of the Coloradoan’s First Class scholarship. Judges select students primarily based on their personal statements and letters of recommendation. In other words, the scholars are chosen for who they are as people. Coloradoan

‘BEST SHOULD TEACH’ This English language teacher and biliteracy interventionist at Longmont’s Columbine Elementary School is being honored with a “Best Should Teach” award from the University of Colorado Boulder. Times Call

SAFETY A student in the after-care program at Denver’s Ellis Elementary School stabbed staff members in the arms with a stick, according to a letter from the school principal. 9News