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Rise & Shine: More money for schools helps students, four new studies find

Good morning!

Welcome to another edition of Rise & Shine. I spent last night coaxing my middle-schooler through the final throes of his summer reading essay, so you know the start of school is nearly upon us. If you've been back for a week or two already, I hope it's going well. If you start next week, good luck on those final preparations.

Our lead story today falls into a certain category, one that will make some readers say, "They needed a study for that?" even as other scrutinize the methodology. Four new studies reaffirm previous findings that spending more money on schools — particularly those serving large numbers of students in poverty — makes a real difference for those students. Check that out below.

We've also got the results of a new poll on a ballot measure that would let Colorado keep more tax revenue, with some of the money earmarked for schools, hopeful news on reducing youth suicide on the Western Slope, and a deep look at a favorite topic: cursive.

And don't miss Colorado Edition, a new public affairs program from radio station KUNC. Chalkbeat Colorado reporters will be regular guests on the show, talking about key education issues. Give it a listen.

— Erica Meltzer, bureau chief


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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Does money matter in education? The answer is increasingly clear, as four new studies bolster a 2018 research overview. Chalkbeat

TAX QUESTION A new poll from the Republican-leaning firm Magellan Strategies found that a majority of respondents supported the idea of letting Colorado keep all the tax revenue it collects, with a third of the money going to K-12 education, but organized opposition could chip away at that support. Denver Post Colorado Sun

SHOT RECORD Public health officials in Boulder County are warily watching the national measles outbreak as students return to school in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain districts, where vaccination rates are lower than recommended to maintain herd immunity. Daily Camera

Got questions about Colorado’s vaccination requirements and how schools might handle an outbreak? We’ve got answers. Chalkbeat

LOCAL CONTROL Colorado cities and counties are increasingly adopting measures to fight the state’s high rate of teen vaping. Colorado Public Radio

SUICIDE PREVENTION In 2018, no one aged 19 or younger died by suicide in Mesa County. The hopeful news comes amid several years of work by educators in District 51 to offer resiliency and suicide prevention programming in area schools and to improve the risk assessment tools they use. Grand Junction Sentinel

SAFETY FIRST Educators at one Littleton middle school spent part of their back-to-school orientation learning how to staunch bleeding from gunshot wounds. CBS 4

School resource officers in Pueblo are putting their attention on a more common threat to students: speeding drivers. Chieftain

BREATHE EASY The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment is installing air quality sensors at 10 schools this week that will provide real time information about pollution dangers. CBS 4

As we previously reported, it will be up to principals how to use the data, and some community members are pushing for more action. Chalkbeat

TRADITION Cursive has been on the way out of elementary schools for years, but some educators believe it has value. ABC 7

BUILDING NEEDS Greeley voters will see a $395 million school bond question on the November ballot. Greeley Tribune

AFTERMATH Schools can play an important role in supporting children in communities that experience immigration raids like the one that happened in Mississippi last week. Ed Week

COLORADO EDITION Public radio station KUNC is launching a new public affairs program, and Chalkbeat Colorado reporters will appear regularly to talk about key education issues. In this segment, we come on around 8:00, but the whole thing is worth a listen. KUNC