Rise & Shine: Some families in Stapleton learned Denver district will not provide transportation this year

Welcome to a new week.

We have lots of back-to-school news in today's roundup, including a story about U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet's plan to make education a bigger part of his campaign, and news about Adams 14 students going back to school under new management, and changes in Colorado Springs area schools.

Good luck to all who are heading back to school this year. Hope it's a great one!

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

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EQUITY U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet spoke with Chalkbeat about his education plans which include universal pre-K and debt-free college. But he’s not offering up specifics on how he’d make schools less segregated. Chalkbeat

LESSONS LEARNED Three former leaders of Denver’s Imaginarium, an office shut down through budget cuts agreed to during the teachers strike, say in a report that their ideas never got a chance. Denver Post

NEW SUPPORTS A new law getting rid of remedial college courses in Colorado won’t take effect until 2022, but schools already are shifting away from the traditional offerings. Denver Post

LONG WALK Families in the Stapleton neighborhood are upset after hearing their children will not be able to ride the bus to school this year, leaving some to walk more than two miles. ABC 7

MANAGEMENT Adams 14 students are returning to school today, under private management for the first time. ABC 7

BAD CULTURE Independence Academy Charter School is plagued by a culture of fear, discrimination and retaliation that led to two federal discrimination investigations and staff turnover, current and former employees said. Daily Sentinel

NEW YEAR New schools, new superintendents, and new programs on tap for fall in Colorado Springs-area school districts. Gazette

DONE DEAL CSU Global cut the ribbon on their new headquarters building in Aurora last week, which they received in exchange for giving district students scholarships and discounted online tuition. Denver Post