Colorado

Rise & Shine: Denver school district bans handcuffs for elementary students

Good morning!

Welcome to another Friday edition of Rise & Shine. We have some big stories for you today.

Melanie has been following the debate over the Denver district's handcuffing policy. Last night, the school board adopted a resolution that bans the practice for students in elementary school.

Melanie also has a story on the 2019 school board race. The Colorado head of Democrats for Education Reform says the group, which was the biggest spender in the 2017 board race, won't be participating financially this year.

And the Adams 14 teachers union has filed a lawsuit to block a for-profit company from serving as external manager of the struggling district. Board member Dominick Moreno told me the lawsuit could provide important clarity about local control and state authority.

So that's what we have for you. Here's what you can do for us.

Are you a teacher retiring this year? We'd love to hear from you. Chalkbeat is looking for retiring teachers to feature in an upcoming Q&A series connected to our popular How I Teach feature. If you're interested in being featured, please leave your name and contact information here.

And we'd love to see you at our summer social on June 20. Your donation gets you a drink ticket, snacks, and great conversation with people who care about schools — plus it supports our journalism. RSVP here.

— Erica Meltzer, bureau chief


Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.


NO MORE Campus safety officers employed by the Denver school district will no longer be allowed to use handcuffs on elementary school students, after the school board unanimously passed a resolution Thursday banning the controversial practice. Chalkbeat

TAKING A PASS A group that spent more than $400,000 two years ago to elect candidates who would maintain Denver’s specific brand of education reform won’t be participating in this year’s school board elections, the group’s director said. Chalkbeat

HOLD UP The teachers union in the long-struggling Adams 14 district filed a lawsuit this week to prevent a private, for-profit company from taking over most day-to-day operations of the district. Chalkbeat Colorado Public Radio

CHEAT SHEET We’re keeping tabs on what the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have said about education, including Colorado’s John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet. Chalkbeat

CUT SHORT A young man killed by U.S. Marshals in Memphis this week was once a promising student activist. Multiple communities have been left reeling by his death. Chalkbeat

SHOT RECORD Colorado’s kindergarten vaccination rate continues to drop as Gov. Jared Polis announced a new — voluntary — initiative to get more children to get standard immunizations. Denver Post

The push comes after a legislative effort to make it harder to claim a personal belief exemption failed, in part due to opposition from Polis. The governor says he believes in the science of vaccines and in freedom of choice. During the session, vaccine skeptics facilitated a phone call between the governor and noted anti-vaccine voice Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Colorado Public Radio

AFTERMATH Jeffco Public Schools plans a long public process before making a final decision about a new Columbine High School. Denver Post

A proposal from U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, an Aurora Democrat, that would increase federal funding for mental health support after schools experience tragedies has passed the House. Colorado Politics

HUNGER School’s out, but lunch is still being served in this southwest Colorado community. Durango Herald

TEACHER PAY The Poudre School District is weighing a tax increase to pay for higher teacher salaries. Colorodoan

HOMEWORK GAP An estimated 17 percent of U.S. students don’t have a computer at home and 18 percent don’t have broadband internet, making it hard for many of them to complete homework assignments. Associated Press