Rise & Shine: New research shows teachers key to boosting student attendance

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Up first in today's news roundup: a story about new research that suggests teachers are key to combatting chronic student absenteeism. “What this data shows is the power of teachers,” said the director a nonprofit that focuses on reducing chronic absenteeism. “When you have engaging teachers, it motivates kids to show up to school.” Read that story, and much more, below.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

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TEACHING MATTERS This paper is the latest effort by researchers to understand what makes a good teacher without relying solely on test scores. Chalkbeat

BIG RESPONSE Jeffco Public Schools has received nearly 7,000 responses to a survey about whether Columbine High School should be torn down and rebuilt. The Denver Channel, 9News

SCHOOL SAFETY State lawmakers on Wednesday rejected Gov. Jared Polis’ request that they free up $3 million to hire more mental health professionals in schools, but agreed to spend $407,000 extra on threat assessment training. Colorado Sun

POT (OF) MONEY Colorado budget writers want to prioritize spending marijuana tax money on two things: education and fighting the opioid crisis. Colorado Sun

FULL CIRCLE Two decades ago, Andy Clementi proudly graduated from Pueblo’s East High School. Come fall, he’ll be in charge of the school. Chieftain

INCLUSIVE PRACTICES About 180 Colorado educators gathered in Boulder this week for a conference on how to better serve LGBTQ students. Daily Camera

SEVERING TIES A Colorado Springs charter school that was part of a collective of language immersion charter schools is becoming independent. Gazette

MORE BANDWIDTH Jeffco Public Schools plans to use voter-approved funds to promote digital learning, including by increasing bandwidth for all schools. Colorado Community Media

BOND QUESTION More than half of the Mesa County residents who filled out a survey said they would support raising taxes to rebuild Grand Junction High School. Daily Sentinel