Rise & Shine: CO lawmakers introduce two bills regarding carrying concealed guns in schools

SCHOOL CLOSURES Jeffco Public Schools is proposing school closures as part of a plan to save more than $20 million after the November defeat of the district’s two tax measures. Chalkbeat Colorado

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT The Colorado House Education Committee on Monday gave bipartisan blessing to a bill that would increase funding for kindergarten and a bill that would ban corporal punishment, marking the first time this legislative session that education-related bills were discussed. Chalkbeat Colorado, Denver Post, Aurora Sentinel, Colorado Statesman, Grand Junction Sentinel

YOUR DAILY DEVOS Until her confirmation vote, Chalkbeat will be highlighting the most important developments in the unspooling story of Trump education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Here’s what caught our eye on Monday. Chalkbeat

DEAR BETSY DEVOS A Denver middle school teacher extends an invitation to DeVos to meet her students and see the role that public education plays in their lives. 9News

OPINION DeVos is grounded in the conviction that public schools should be accountable to the families they serve, not to politicians, and she will give parents and teachers the voice they deserve, writes state Sen. Owen Hill, who is chairman of the Colorado Senate Education Committee. Denver Post

A REPRIEVE? President Trump appears to be backing off repealing protections for undocumented youth, but anxiety is still running high. Chalkbeat

TEACHER, ORGANIZER Meet the teacher who helped organize the Women’s March on Denver. Chalkbeat Colorado

GUNS IN SCHOOLS Colorado’s Republican legislators have rolled out two bills regarding carrying concealed weapons on school campuses, including one that would allow school districts that want to allow employees to carry concealed firearms to establish a required training level. Durango Herald

TESTING DEBATE A Colorado lawmaker who spent time in jail last month on contempt charges stemming, in part, from his effort to opt his children out of certain state tests, has introduced a bill to eliminate some of those same tests. Colorado Independent

ENROLLMENT DIP Boulder Valley School District this fall saw its overall enrollment dip by 64 students, making this the first time the district counted fewer students since 2005. Daily Camera

UP AND RUNNING A profile of prominent education reformer and former state Sen. Mike Johnston and the first days of his gubernatorial campaign. Vail Daily

MAKING GAINS One semester into revamped literacy instruction, more students in the Cañon City School District are measuring up to expectations in reading than they were this time last year. Cañon City Daily Record

CHARTER SCHOOLS A close look at the reputations and reviews of three charter schools in the Pikes Peak region, including the state’s largest brick-and-mortar charter. Gazette

A charter school that would emphasize math and literacy but was rejected by the Academy School District 20 school board last month may get another chance. Gazette

SCHOOL SAFETY Officials at a Greeley charter school took it upon themselves to investigate a sex-related complaint involving an eighth-grade girl and a male teacher, firing the teacher but failing to contact law enforcement in apparent violation of Colorado mandatory reporting requirements. Greeley Tribune

HER WAY Why a Skyline High School freshman with a genetic condition that weakens her muscles rejected the St. Vrain Valley School District’s plan to automate her school’s elevator to make it easier for her to use. Longmont Times-Call

HONORED A new Denver school was dedicated on Monday in honor of a lifelong teacher. CBS4