Rise & Shine: Which states earn ALEC’s education policy praise?

RALLYING CRY Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to protest U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is scheduled to speak in Denver Thursday. Chalkbeat, Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio, Durango Herald, Fox31, 7News

I SAW THE SIGN(S) Meet six protesters — and read the signs they waved at the rally. Chalkbeat

WHAT’S ALEC? Ahead of Betsy DeVos’s scheduled speech Thursday at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual meeting in Denver, here’s which states earn the group’s education policy praise. Chalkbeat

FIRST PERSON When my students got aggressive, my school agreed to help. Here’s how we changed a class reputation. Chalkbeat

NO MORE VALEDICTORIANS The Grand Junction school district is phasing out valedictorian and salutatorian recognitions for high school graduates, starting with this year’s ninth-grade students. Grand Junction Sentinel

TO THE BALLOT The Steamboat Springs School Board voted unanimously to ask voters in November to approve a $12.9 million bond and a $1 million mill levy for facilities upgrades. Steamboat Pilot

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS Kendrick Castillo spends four hours a day, four days a week in a large warehouse, where he maneuvers tiny wires, assembles metal and plastic parts and does programming on a computer. He is one of three STEM School and Academy students picked for a summer intern program. Douglas County News-Press

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS After winning $750 through a school district program, three teens are working this summer to turn their invention into a real business. Loveland Reporter-Herald