Rise & Shine: Law enforcement identifies 15 smartphone apps parents need to know about

Good morning!

Our lead story today is about the demise of an innovation office in Denver Public Schools — and three former employees who say the districts' constant push for higher test scores was part of the problem. The trio authored a report critical of the district that went live on an independent website Monday. Get the details here.

Also in our roundup today are stories about 15 smartphone apps that law enforcement officers say could be trouble for kids, a school nurse who specializes in brain injuries, and the problem of false reports on the state's Safe2Tell hotline.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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POSTMORTEM Three former district employees say the Denver school district’s intense focus on test scores makes it nearly impossible to spread teaching practices that would improve education. Chalkbeat

BEWARE Law enforcement agencies across the country identified 15 smartphone apps they believe parents should know about. KOAA

RECALL Two targets of a school board recall effort in Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 have resigned, and voters will decide in the Nov. 5 general election whether the third target, board President Timothy Braun, should keep his seat or be ousted. The Gazette

PHONE IS BEST Colorado’s child abuse hotline will not change policy to accept tips via text, email, Facebook or any other social media, based on recommendations from a statewide task force that reviewed the 4-year-old hotline system. Colorado Sun

FULL-DAY K Cherry Creek is one of the school districts that has added free full-day kindergarten for all students because of Gov. Jared Polis’ signature initiative. The Sentinel

AFTER A CONCUSSION Jeffco Public Schools has hired a nurse to help students succeed in the classroom after a brain injury. Denver Post

WRONGLY ACCUSED A Thornton teenager was the victim of four false reports in the last nine months on the state’s anonymous tip system Safe2Tell. KDVR

NEW LAWS Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history will soon be part of the curriculum in four states, including Colorado. Education Week.