Rise & Shine: Greeley-Evans district texts parents, urges them to register to vote

Good morning!

Did you know a Colorado high school teacher is on a four-day winning streak on the game show Jeopardy? When I learned about it, I started dreaming about the game show I want to be on: Supermarket Sweep. (It's off the air now, but I hear a reboot is in the works.) Basically, the show involves racing around a grocery store and frantically dumping stuff in your cart — also, running away from what I remember as a giant carrot, though I may have fabricated that part.

OK, enough about game shows. Let's get to the news.

Today, we have a look at how Colorado's gubernatorial candidates would approach early childhood issues. The short answer is, quite differently. Check out my story for the longer answer, gleaned from a candidates forum at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Monday.

Finally, don't miss Erica Meltzer's fascinating piece on what Colorado teachers are buying to outfit their classrooms and equip their students. Answers range from an air-conditioning unit to s'mores supplies.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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COLORADO’S NEXT GOVERNOR A gubernatorial candidates forum Monday highlighted some of the big early childhood ideas championed by each campaign, but also left plenty of unanswered questions. Chalkbeat

OUT OF POCKET Colorado teachers spent hundreds of dollars of their own money to outfit their classrooms this year, including on rugs, beanbag chairs, an air conditioning unit, file folders, and loads of pencils. Chalkbeat

FREE LUNCH Allowing an entire school to eat for free, instead of restricting free lunch to students whose families fill out forms, can reduce the number of students who get suspended multiple times, according to a new study. Chalkbeat

PERA CRUSADE Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton leaves behind a complicated record on public pension reform, effectively raising awareness through his use of the bully pulpit, but with few policy victories he can point to as his own. The Colorado Sun

ON LEAVE  Two teachers at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. Denver Channel

GET REGISTERED Greeley-Evans School District 6 sent thousands of text messages to parents encouraging them to register to vote. The Tribune

SERVING THE COUNTRY ArtistYear fellows, who are part of a year-long service program funded by AmeriCorps, are helping music teachers give lessons in the Roaring Fork school district.  Post Independent

GAME SHOW GIG Aurora Central High School teacher Kyle Jones has been competing — and winning — on the game show Jeopardy. Will his streak continue? 9News

CLEAN-UP DUTY Superintendents in the Carolinas confront the grueling job of reopening schools that were in the path of Hurricane Florence. Education Week