Rise & Shine: New Douglas County superintendent aims to move district past voucher fight

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Last spring, Denver Public Schools' controversial plan to reorganize its special education department upset some parents and advocates. Now, the district faces more tough questions after a state investigation revealed that the district violated the rights of some students with disabilities by circumventing the established process for determining appropriate services. Melanie Asmar's story today digs into the state's findings and shares the stories of a few of the families that brought complaints to the state.

There are many more stories in our roundup today, including an intriguing one from Chalkbeat's national desk about what happened after the Los Angeles Times published test score data for thousands of the city's teachers in 2010.

— Ann Schimke, community editor


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SPECIAL EDUCATION The Denver school district violated the rights of some students with disabilities in the way it made decisions about whether they would get support from a teacher’s aide, an investigation by the Colorado Department of Education found. Chalkbeat

WHO BENEFITS? After the Los Angeles Times published test score data for thousands of the city’s teachers in 2010, researchers found that already high-achieving students were assigned to the classrooms of higher-rated teachers the next year. Chalkbeat

NEW SUPER The new superintendent of the Douglas County School District will attempt to push the district past a bruising, national fight over school vouchers. Denver Post

PLASTIC GUNS The news that designs for 3D printed guns soon could be available is making some local parents nervous about the potential that a student may try to manufacture a gun on a school-owned 3D printer. Times-Call

TAKING EFFECT A raft of education-related legislation took effect this summer, on topics ranging from school safety to school lunches subsidies. Denver Channel

GOING TO THE VOTERS Petitions for questions that could appear on November’s ballot, including one to raise more money for schools, were due Monday. Colorado Independent, Denver Post

SAFETY FIRST Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers said Monday the city’s goal this school year is zero accidents in its 88 designated school zones. The Gazette

OPINION Donna Lynne, Colorado’s Democratic lieutenant governor, and state Rep. Bob Rankin, a Carbondale Republican, want the public to provide feedback for the creation a new blueprint for education in Colorado. Denver Post