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Rise & Shine: After unsuccessful bid for a building, a 12-year-old Colorado Springs charter school will close

Good morning!

As education journalists, one of our jobs is to shine a light on the often dark corners of school district decision-making. But sometimes our efforts run up against public officials who have other priorities. That's what happened to reporter Yesenia Robles a few days ago when she discovered the Sheridan school board would be voting on the new superintendent's contract in a Sunday morning board meeting in Colorado Springs — 65 miles away from the district's headquarters and community members who opposed the board's choice. District officials didn't share the contract prior to the meeting and didn't release it until more than 24 hours later. More on that story here.

Also in our roundup today, a new fellowship program for Denver teachers who coach other teachers and the closing of a 12-year-old charter school serving low-income families in Colorado Springs.

— Ann Schimke, community editor

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OUT OF SIGHT The school board for the Sheridan district voted on the incoming superintendent’s contract at a weekend meeting held 65 miles away from community members who had objected to their choice. Chalkbeat

COACHING THE COACHES Twenty Denver teachers are part of a new pilot project to invest even more resources in what the school district considers a key strategy: having teachers coach other teachers. Chalkbeat

SUDDEN CLOSING In what’s being called a heartbreaking development, a 12-year-old charter school in a low-income neighborhood in Colorado Springs is headed for closure for at least one academic year and possibly for good. The Gazette

GOING TO TRIAL The case of a Boulder Valley teacher accused of assaulting a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in February will go to a jury trial in October. Times-Call

GOING GREEN Central High School  in Grand Junction was recognized for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint last month when it was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The Daily Sentinel