Rise & Shine: Rural, small school districts receive state help with teacher, school staff shortages

EXTRA SLEEP The Cherry Creek and Greeley-Evans school districts are expected to adopt later high school start times this fall — but for very different reasons. Chalkbeat

CHOICE WORDS Critics of voucher programs argue that they have a history of racism and promote segregation. But historically, school choice advocates have had a range of motives for such programs. Chalkbeat

SHORTAGE SUPPORT New legislation will help rural and small school districts in Colorado address critical shortages of teachers and other school staff. Fort Morgan Times

FREE SUPPLIES For the second year, a local Longmont pharmacy will give away backpacks and other school supplies to local students beginning Aug. 1. Longmont Times Call

IMMERSIVE CLASSES Boulder Preparatory plans to institute short-term immersive classes this coming fall, modeled after a six-week summer program hosted by the charter school. Daily Camera

POT PREVENTION The state’s Department of Public Health and Environment has teamed up with TEDxMileHigh to introduce Colorado teenagers to influential Denver residents with the hope of discouraging underage marijuana use. Westword