Rise & Shine: Feds to pay for dual enrollment courses in Colorado

MENTAL HEALTH Colorado will soon double its investment in early childhood mental health consultants who help teachers handle challenging preschool behavior such as biting or hitting. Chalkbeat Colorado

DUAL ENROLLMENT The U.S. Department of Education has selected 44 colleges and universities — including Adams State University in Alamosa — to participate in a program that allows students to use federal dollars to take college-level classes while still in high school. U.S. News & World Report

TECHNOLOGY LITERACY A new nationwide test of students’ ability to diagnose and solve simple technological problems revealed wide achievement gaps between black students and white students, and between poor students and wealthier students. Chalkbeat

OPINION Denver Public Schools shouldn’t drop physical education as a graduation requirement, says the CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation. Denver Post

INCLUSION MATTERS How the family of a Fort Collins boy with Down Syndrome and his classmates fought for him to attend middle school with his friends next year instead of a different school with a program for students with special needs. Coloradoan

AN ALTERNATIVE CHOICE An alternative school in the Roaring Fork School District is returning to its roots as an option for students who’ve dropped out of their regular high schools. Glenwood Springs Post Independent

SPECIAL SESSION Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering calling Colorado lawmakers back for a special session to debate several unsettled issues, including one that could result in more money for education. Denver Post

PARCC TESTS A new study found that Massachusetts students who score at the “college-ready” level on the PARCC standardized test — which Colorado students also take — are likely to do well in college. Education Week

STUDENT DISCIPLINE A Fort Collins father says his 7-year-old son has been put in a “seclusion room” at school more times than he can count. Denver Channel

TAX INCREASES Three of the Pikes Peak region’s biggest school districts are considering asking voters in November to approve tax increases to benefit schools. Gazette

DEAL OR NO DEAL Two of Pueblo City Schools’ four employee bargaining groups now have contracts, but the teachers and paraprofessionals are still negotiating with the district. Pueblo Chieftain