Rise & Shine: Integration efforts hampered by obscure budget provisions

Good morning and welcome to Friday.

Last spring, Colorado lawmakers struck a bipartisan deal to give charter schools a share of local tax increases for schools. That landmark legislation left out one group of charters, however: Those authorized by the state's Charter School Institute.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has set aside $5.5 million in his 2018-19 budget proposal to help narrow funding gaps faced by state-authorized charters. But as everyone knows, governor's budgets are just opening salvos.

Today, reporter Nic Garcia takes readers to a state-approved charter school in Thornton, where he learned what the school isn't doing now because of its funding challenges and what it would do if things were to change.

Headed out on break for Thanksgiving week? Enjoy! We'll be back Monday with more Colorado education news.

-- Eric Gorski, bureau chief


MONEY MATTERS Hickenlooper’s request to funnel more money to Charter School Institute schools would be a small step toward closing the $18 million gap between state-approved charter schools and what district-run charter schools are projected to receive starting in 2020, officials said. Chalkbeat

MOVERS AND SHAKERS The Denver Scholarship Foundation has a new CEO. ChalkbeatDenver Business Journal

BUSING BAN At school districts across the country, fledgling integration efforts could be imperiled by obscure budget provisions that prohibit using federal funding for student transportation aimed at racial desegregation. Chalkbeat

ON WISCONSIN The first study to assess how Wisconsin’s high-profile weakening of unions, particularly teachers unions, affected students finds that it led to a substantial decline in test scores. Chalkbeat

STUDENT COUNT Poudre School District enrollment is up. Coloradoan

OPINION The failure of a local tax measure in Montezuma-Cortez school district means cuts are coming. Cortez Journal

TO THE STARS An astronaut visits his former high school in Lafayette. 9NewsDaily CameraFox31

DISPLACED After a water main break, students from a Greeley school district elementary school are settling into a temporary home. Greeley Tribune