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Rise & Shine: Minneapolis schools chief offered Colorado Springs 11 superintendent job

Good morning!

Tomorrow is our annual Summer Social happy hour — at Spangalang Brewery in Five Points. Not only is it a great opportunity to connect with the Chalkbeat team, you might discover a fascinating factoid that makes you smile for weeks. Last year, for example, I learned the real first name of a well-known Denver education wonk: Dudley!

For your own factoid fun, RSVP here.

In our news roundup today, we have a story on the program selected by Aurora school district leaders to train principals, a look at how education is shaping gubernatorial primaries, and a story on how spending decisions during the recession set the stage for the recent flurry of teacher protests.

— Ann Schimke, community editor

PRINCIPAL PREP After a $1.6 million experiment with three leadership programs, Aurora district administrators have recommended one, the University of Virginia’s School Turnaround Program. Chalkbeat

PROMISING EVIDENCE New peer-reviewed research on a teacher preparation program, known as UTeach, shows that its teachers performed substantially better in the classroom than other teachers in Texas. Chalkbeat

POLITICAL SPLIT A subterranean divide among Democrats between backers of teachers unions and supporters of charter schools and other education innovations is helping shape key gubernatorial primaries, in Colorado and elsewhere. AP via the Denver Channel

NEW LEADER The chief of Minneapolis Public Schools will be offered the superintendent’s job in Colorado Springs School District 11. The Gazette

ROOTS OF PROTEST While teachers have taken to the streets in several states this year, the underlying conflict between public school employees and policymakers has roots in decisions made during the last recession. New York Times

STEMTASTIC Even after Central High School in Grand Junction became the first campus in Colorado to receive national certification in science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM —  leaders there have more plans in the works. The Daily Sentinel

FIRE HAZARD Mesa County ValleySchool District 51 is removing more than 1,000 painted ceiling tiles from classrooms this summer after a recent crackdown by state fire officials. The Daily Sentinel