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Rise & Shine: Sheridan cancels classes in the wake of shooting outside school

Good morning.

School ratings can be controversial — and figuring out the best way to calculate them often inspires fierce debate. Today's top story breaks down the pushback against proposed changes to the state's "school performance framework," as well as the pushback to that pushback.

Also in today's roundup: Some states (but not Colorado) are moving away from using student test scores to evaluate teachers, a debate over Proposition CC, and Sheridan cancels classes today after a shooting Tuesday night in the high school parking lot.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter


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SCHOOL RATINGS The state’s largest teachers union and organizations that represent school boards and district leaders are mounting a united front against proposed changes to how Colorado rates its schools. Chalkbeat

RE-EVALUATION Fewer states are using student test scores to evaluate teachers, according to a new report. As of this year, 34 states require scores to be used in teacher evaluations, down from a high of 43 in 2015. Chalkbeat

STRIKE WATCH Chicago, where the teachers union’s demands extend far past salary, is the latest front for “common good” bargaining. It’s a philosophy that’s been gaining prominence, including in Denver. Chalkbeat

PARKING LOT SHOOTING Sheridan School District canceled classes at all schools Wednesday following a shooting outside Sheridan High School Tuesday night. Investigators said the victim and the shooter are both juveniles, and the victim is expected to survive. CBS4, Fox31, The Denver Channel, 9News, Westword

SCHOOL FUNDING Supporters and opponents on Tuesday debated the merits of Proposition CC, which asks voters to decide whether to keep their refunds under Colorado’s “Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights” or let the state keep the money to improve transportation and schools. Gazette

BACKGROUND CHECKS Some parent volunteers in the Roaring Fork School District have flagged as problematic a vetting process that requires parents to disclose their citizenship status. Glenwood Springs Post-Independent

ENROLLMENT Unofficially, Academy School District 20 has overtaken Colorado Springs School District 11 as El Paso County’s largest school district. Gazette