Rise & Shine: Denver may limit the use of handcuffs on young students

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Welcome to another Friday edition of Rise & Shine.

Late last month, a 7-year-old was handcuffed at a Denver elementary school, and the boy's father went public with the story. The boy was one of 27 students handcuffed in Denver schools so far this year, and the Denver school board last night considered a resolution to prohibit the practice in the youngest grades. Melanie has that story, including why the board postponed its vote.

And at the Denver School of Science and Technology's founding school, students persuaded administrators to remove the name of Denver's former mayor who was also a Klan member. I've got that story.

As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Ed Week looks at the lasting impact of the decision on the black teacher workforce.

We've also got a host of stories from our media partners about school safety, ranging from the use of technology to limit the impact of shootings to fears that students will feel pressure to commit desperate, heroic acts in the face of mortal danger.

Read on.

– Erica Meltzer, bureau chief

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RESTRAINT POLICY The Denver school district is considering banning the use of handcuffs on students in kindergarten through third grade. Denver school safety officers handcuffed 27 children this year so far, including one 7-year-old whose father took the case public. Chalkbeat

NAME CHANGE The founding school in the DSST charter network no longer bears the name of a former Denver mayor who was a Ku Klux Klan member. Chalkbeat Colorado Public Radio

AFTERMATH The landmark Brown v. Board of Education led to the firing of tens of thousands of black teachers and principals who had taught in segregated schools. White parents and district leaders didn’t want them teaching white children in newly integrated schools. Sixty-five years later, the teacher workforce still has not recovered. Ed Week

In the nation’s largest city, students are still fighting to integrate their own school system. Chalkbeat

Last year, we looked at how Denver’s school choice system can end up reinforcing racial and economic segregation in its schools. Chalkbeat

MENTAL HEALTH Children’s health advocates are hailing new legislation that they believe will greatly improve mental health care for young people in a state with an alarmingly high suicide rate. Aurora Sentinel

SCHOOL SAFETY Many schools are turning to technology in an effort to reduce casualty rates and improve law enforcement response to shootings. Associated Press via Colorado Public Radio

Three STEM School students rushed at shooters, an act of heroism that cost Kendrick Castillo his life. Some psychologists worry that students will feel they have to take these kinds of actions, instead of running and hiding. Denver Post

One southern Colorado lawmaker wants state government to pick up the cost of security reviews and upgrades at schools around the state. Chieftain

In last year’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, two substitute teachers were killed and another was seriously injured. Substitutes are often left out of safety trainings and sometimes can’t even lock classroom doors. Ed Week

UNDER INVESTIGATION Denver Public Schools is investigating an incident in which a substitute teacher is accused of using force to remove a student from the classroom. ABC 7

PAY IT FORWARD Graduating seniors in Jeffco continued the tradition of visiting elementary schools in their caps and gowns to give encouragement to the students coming behind them. CBS 4

TEST CORRECTION The SAT frequently has been criticized as a test with embedded racial and class bias. Now the College Board is adding an “adversity score” that takes into account 15 economic and social factors, including the quality of students’ schools and the crime rates in their neighborhoods. New York Times

One critic suggested instead that students from better-off backgrounds get a “privilege score” that reflects the advantages they had. Twitter