Rise & Shine: Students at Commerce City charter sent home after protest

COST OF LIVING The Denver school board approved a resolution to explore solutions to the affordable housing crunch, but a proposal to convert one former elementary school into teacher housing already faces opposition. Chalkbeat

‘THIS ALL SOUNDS SO NUTS’ Denver Public Schools is eliminating an advanced kindergarten program as part of a push for greater equity, but some parents are sounding alarm. Chalkbeat

GROWTH OPPORTUNITY Denver-based charter school operator University Prep has won a federal grant that could help it expand into other communities. Chalkbeat

FROM THE TRAIL Our school board election blog debuts with details on Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s endorsements in a couple of school board seats (and silence on a couple of others). Chalkbeat

GOLD STARS Five Colorado schools, two of which serve large populations of at-risk students, are being singled out for stellar academic performance by the U.S. Department of Education. Chalkbeat, Denver Post

An elementary school in Colorado Springs’ Harrison District 2 is among the winners. Gazette

DEVOS SPEAKS In a speech at Harvard, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talked up school choice and tax credits — and faced protests and hard questions. Chalkbeat

STUDY SAYS … A new study finds that electing a Democrat for governor leads to more money being spent in districts with more students of color, though there’s no evidence that meant higher test scores or smaller achievement gaps. Chalkbeat

STUDENT PROTEST All 120 students at a Commerce City charter high school were sent home after some staged a “peaceful protest” during the school’s pledge. Channel 7

ON THE DOCKET A complaint filed by the author of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and a former Colorado Springs city councilwoman alleging Colorado Springs School District 11 violated campaign finance laws will be heard by an administrative law judge. Gazette

GAINING SKILLS Students at Longmont’s Longs Peak Middle School are building bikes for character and community. Times-Call

NEW FACES Get to know six new teachers at Sterling High School. Journal-Advocate