Rise & Shine: Wrapping up election loose strings … and telling Aurora stories

Good morning and welcome to Friday — and, finally, to the end of Election 2017.

Most results involving public education were known on Election Night, but it wasn't until more than 48 hours later that Denver elections officials finished counting all ballots and released the final, unofficial results in the city's hard-fought school board races.

The winners and losers didn't change but the margins did in some cases. Our Denver Public Schools reporter, Melanie Asmar, has a report on why the race turned out like it did and what it might mean for Colorado's largest school district.

I'd like to thank you, our readers, for following and informing our election coverage. We asked for story tips, leads we ought to pursue, and intel on election mailers that warranted more scrutiny — and you delivered.

It's been gratifying to see how many people turned to Chalkbeat as they considered how to vote. How do we know this happened? Our school board candidate questionnaires were among our most-read articles of the past several weeks.

The election is over, but we'll continue to cover how the results impact students, families and educators in Colorado.

Thanks for being part of the Chalkbeat community.

— Eric Gorski, bureau chief


ELECTION 2017 When new members are sworn in later this month, the Denver school board will gain something it hasn’t had, to any significant degree, in two years: dissenting voices. Chalkbeat

Check out the final unofficial results for the races in Denver, Aurora, Dougco and Jeffco. Chalkbeat

Voters across Colorado approved tens of millions of local tax dollars for schools, streets and water systems. Denver Post

In Hayden, 11 voters still have a chance to swing a school bond election that ended in a tie. Steamboat Today/Craig Daily Press

Election results in Colorado foreshadow a “progressive monsoon,” according to the Denver Post editorial board.

Hey, look … The Economist reads Chalkbeat. The Economist

So does Mother Jones! Mother Jones

STORIES MATTER A new storytelling project gives voice to Aurora Public Schools’ diverse student population and helps fight the stereotype of what it means to be a student there. Aurora Sentinel

LANGUAGE LEARNERS At the Denver Language School, a charter elementary, kids in kindergarten through the second-grade are immersed in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. Denver Post

THREE STRIKES The State Board of Education denied an appeal by a Miami-based charter operator that has ties to the rapper Pitbull and was twice rejected by Denver Public Schools. Patch

RATING DISTRICTS Colorado issued district quality rating this week, as Chalkbeat reported, and the Pueblo County district’s rating held steady for the third straight year. Pueblo Chieftain

SHADES OF GRAY Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass says framing debates in public education as “for or against” charter schools or district-run neighborhood schools oversimplifies things. CBS4

TAPPING VETS A Colorado native is heading up a new initiative at New York’s Success Academy charter school network putting military veterans to work in a number of roles. New York Post