Rise & Shine: More struggling schools get hearings before state board

SHIFTING MODEL The state Board of Education Monday approved new autonomy for two struggling Greeley middle schools as part of its work this spring to turn around chronically low performing schools. Chalkbeat, Greeley Tribune

CHANGES The Colorado Board of Education on Monday asked Pueblo City Schools and state officials to submit slightly different plans for three struggling schools by mid-June. Chalkbeat, KOAA

NO DICE The state’s quality rating for Westminster Public Schools will not change after an appeal to the Colorado Board of Education. Chalkbeat

STALLED OUT? A proposed overhaul of Colorado’s public schools has hit a legislative roadblock. Chalkbeat

PRO TIP Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, shares tips for communicating about education research. Chalkbeat

UNION QUESTIONS The Boulder Valley district’s teachers union leadership is asking members concerned about a lack of transparency in placing Superintendent Bruce Messinger on paid leave to attend Tuesday’s school board meeting. Daily Camera

LIFE RAFT A Denver-based organization called Resource Area For Teachers. or RAFT, provides learning materials to educators at minimal cost. Denver Post

SCHOOL FUNDING 101 This primer on how Colorado funds its schools is part of an ongoing series. Coloradoan

TECH BOOST Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill aimed at boosting computer science education in Colorado’s public schools. CBS4