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Rise & Shine: A Denver teacher is out after reportedly making a black student clean up feces

Good morning.

Welcome to Rise & Shine. We have a startling story today from Melanie about an incident that advocates say illustrates the racial bias that exists in Denver schools. A 6-year-old black student reportedly was made to clean up feces after a teacher believed a white student's claims over his.

Stories like this are not pleasant to write or to read, but we believe they're important. Denver Public Schools officials and board members have pledged to do more to lift up black students and close persistent gaps. Confronting how implicit bias shapes the school experience of black students, sometimes in traumatic ways, is an essential part of that work.

And our intern Kati has a story about the proposal to demolish Columbine High School and build a new school. Read more to find out why — and why now. There's an interesting discussion happening on our Facebook page about the merits of this idea compared to the costs. Check that out, and please consider following us on Facebook if you don't already.

Read on.

— Erica Meltzer, bureau chief

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IMPLICIT BIAS A 6-year-old black boy was reportedly made to clean feces off the floor of a school bathroom after his kindergarten teacher believed a white student’s claim over his — an incident that advocates say illustrates the racial bias that exists in Denver’s public schools. Chalkbeat

NEW SCHOOL Twenty years after the Columbine shooting, Jefferson County Public Schools is considering rebuilding the high school in a nearby location with the hope that it stops being a pilgrimage site for people obsessed with the killings. Chalkbeat 9 News Colorado Community Media Denver Post Colorado Public Radio

TAINTED MONEY A prominent charter school network is joining several national organizations in rejecting further donations from members of the Sackler family, who are being blamed for fueling the nation’s opioid crisis. Chalkbeat

SAY SOMETHING Tips to Colorado’s Safe2Tell hotline spiked in May in the wake of the Columbine anniversary and the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch. There was a huge increase in duplicate tips, likely indicating more students feel motivated to speak up. Denver Post 9 News

BEEN THERE Columbine alumni have reached out to support students at STEM School with “care boxes” that could help those students heal when they return to school. CBS 4

TOUGHEST JOB This former Marine who served three tours in Iraq and has experienced homelessness is now training to be a social studies teacher. Colorado Public Radio