Rise & Shine: Some Colorado districts ban field trips to new wildlife refuge

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The Douglas County school board decided last night to put two tax measures on the November ballot — joining a raft of other Colorado school districts asking voters for funding this fall. Look for more Chalkbeat coverage of these ballot issues later this week.

In our roundup today, we have stories on Denver's efforts to reduce debt from unpaid lunches, a new mental health toolkit for schools, and a ban on field trips to a new metro Denver wildlife refuge. We also have a scoop from our national team on one group's plan to promote charter schools, school autonomy, and unified enrollment in cities across the country.

— Ann Schimke, community editor

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NO LUNCH SHAME A year after the Denver school district instituted a policy guaranteeing all students a school lunch whether or not they have the money to pay, district officials are planning new measures to prevent the unexpected debt that accrued last year. Chalkbeat

PORTFOLIO PUSH The new organization aiming to spread a mix of charter schools, school autonomy, and unified enrollment across the country wants to reach 5 percent of low-income students in the U.S. within five years. Chalkbeat

SURVEY SAYS After a year of teacher protests, an increasing number of Americans think teachers should be paid more, according to a new national survey. Chalkbeat

FIELD TRIP BAN Seven Denver metro area school districts have barred school-sanctioned field trips to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge because of fears about plutonium. The Guardian

TOOL KIT A new online resource from the group Mental Health Colorado outlines steps schools can take — such as screenings, suicide prevention, and wellness plans — to combat mental illness and keep their students safe. Colorado Springs Independent

SAFE ROUTES A Longmont parent is lobbying the city to improve the routes to school around the Clover Creek neighborhood in south Longmont, or provide bus service to students currently in the walk zone. Times-Call