Rise & Shine: Aspen parents pack school board meeting in push to remove superintendent

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Two Colorado school districts — Adams 14 and Pueblo 60 — will make the uncomfortable trek to the State Board of Education in November to explain what went wrong with improvement plans that didn't yield the hoped-for gains. The board could take drastic action or order tweaks to the current plans. Erica Meltzer has that story.

Also in our roundup today: Brewing dissatisfaction among some parents in the Aspen school district, Colorado's high school counselor of the year, and new sales of bulletproof gear to school children and their families.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter


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STILL STRUGGLING Two Pueblo 60 schools, Adams City High School, and the entire Adams 14 district are in their eighth year on a state watchlist and will need to return to the State Board of Education in November to explain why last year’s improvement plans didn’t generate the hoped-for gains. Chalkbeat

COUNSELOR KUDOS Bethany Balderrama, a counselor at Northridge High School in Greeley-Evans District 6, was named the Colorado School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year at the high school level. The Tribune

BULLETPROOF Since February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, companies that typically sell products for soldiers and police officers increasingly are seeing new sales opportunities in America’s classrooms. The 74

DIVIDED A spillover crowd of parents packed the Aspen Board of Education’s meeting in their first public salvo to remove Dr. John Maloy as superintendent, but two teachers who spoke didn’t share their concerns. Aspen Times

MAKING PROGRESS Englewood’s elementary students boasted double-digit percentage-point increases on state literacy tests, but still lagged behind statewide proficiency rates. Englewood Herald