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Rise & Shine: Colorado has a patchwork of school safety practices

Good morning.

Welcome to another Friday edition of Rise & Shine.

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers convened the first of four meetings to figure out what they can do to make schools safer. This committee was conceived in the wake of the STEM School shooting, but its charge goes well beyond emergency response and threat assessment. Lawmakers are taking a broad look at the mental health supports that students get in school, as well.

We've got coverage of that effort below, plus stories from our national team on federal legislation to support local school integration efforts, the AFT president taking a victory lap, and the impending end of EdBuild, a nonprofit that highlighted stark racial disparities in school funding.

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SCHOOL SAFETY Colorado has some good practices in place around mental health and school safety — but they aren’t consistent from school to school or district to district. Lawmakers are trying to fix that. Denver Post ABC 7 CBS 4

STANDING STRONG American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten took what amounted to a victory lap on Thursday, telling union members they had survived a decade-long battle with “billionaires and ideologues.” Chalkbeat

BROKEN PROMISE The American Federation of Teachers is suing the U.S. Department of Education over the dysfunctional state of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. NPR

INTEGRATION CONVERSATION The conversation about busing on the debate stage raised the profile of legislation known as the Strength in Diversity Act, which several Democratic frontrunners have endorsed. The bill would create a federal grant program to fund racial and economic school integration efforts across the country. Chalkbeat

Advocates for school integration are welcoming this new attention on a vexing problem, even though the issue remains politically fraught. The kind of busing students experienced in the 1970s is unlikely to make a comeback, but districts have lots of other things they can try. The 74 Million

WINDING DOWN EdBuild, a nonprofit that highlighted stark racial disparities in school funding, will be shutting down operations in 2020. Chalkbeat

EdBuild, by the way, is the firm helping Colorado lawmakers consider changes to its school funding formula. Chalkbeat