Rise & Shine: Weld County to get more free preschool slots

CHARTER EXPANSION The Aurora school board on Tuesday voted to approve a charter application that will allow a high-performing charter network from Denver to open four schools in Aurora. Chalkbeat, Aurora Sentinel

FIRST PERSON I dropped out of school in Denver at 13. Here’s how I ended up back in the classroom helping kids learn. Chalkbeat

BARRIERS TO ACCESS Providing all Denver middle and high school students with free public transportation is unlikely to result in equal access to the city’s best schools, according to a new report. Chalkbeat

IMMUNIZATION RATES The Center for Disease Control estimates that Colorado ranks 50th out of all 50 states in the four most common vaccines. However, their data drastically conflicts with that in a new state database. KUNC

EARLY EDUCATION More free, full-day preschool is coming to Weld County this fall. Greeley Tribune

POT (OF) MONEY More than 200 students this year received $2,000 each in scholarship money derived from Pueblo County’s marijuana excise tax. Chieftain

READING GAINS One year into working with the readers who need the most help, the Cañon City School District is seeing gains in just about every area it’s tackling with an early literacy grant. Cañon City Daily Record

SUMMER LEARNING A new summer camp at Colorado State University is hoping to introduce high school girls to an industry typically dominated by men. 9News