Rise & Shine: Aurora Police create mini-academy for students of immigrant families

ESSA IS COMING While the Colorado Department of Education was criss crossing the state gathering input for the state’s federally required education plan, State Board of Education chairman Steve Durham privately shared his four priorities with former Commissioner Rich Crandall. Durham’s request — made public for the first by Chalkbeat — illustrate how competing priorities have emerged as Colorado prepares to adopt its plan that will set the course for the state’s schools for the foreseeable future. Chalkbeat

TWO CENTS Two former members of the State Board of Education write to The Denver Post editor: “It appears that not all of the board members understand their governing role.” Denver Post

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS … Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg is expected back in the office on July 18 after an unusual six-month break. Chalkbeat

SAFE SCHOOLS  The Fleming school board voted unanimously to allow one or more employees at its school to be designated as security officers and authorized to carry firearms on school property. Journal-Advocate

EARLY EXIT A Colorado Springs District 11 school board member is expected to leave her seat early to return to Florida. The school board will name a replacement. Chalkbeat

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON A mobile food pantry created to help feed students from low-income families in Lafayette  will close for the summer next week. Daily Camera

IN THE LINE OF DUTY The Aurora Police Department created an teen academy intended exclusively for children of metro-area immigrants to learn about police work. Aurora Sentinel