Rise & Shine
Rise & Shine: Why it matters when refugee students have the wrong birthdate
Leading today's education news roundup is Yesenia's story shining a spotlight on the issue of refugees who are aging out of Aurora Public Schools — often because of an incorrect birthdate on their immigration documents. In response, some advocates are pushing APS to change how it verifies students' age.
Also this morning: Melanie has another profile on a Denver School Board candidate, this time highlighting Diana Romero Campbell, a Denver graduate who has spent her career advocating for children. And Matt on our national team tackles a thorny question: Do charter schools "drain" money from school districts?
Finally, don't forget to come catch up with the Chalkbeat team and connect with others who care about Colorado schools at a special happy hour event: Chalkbeat's Summer Social from 4-6 p.m. on June 20 at Call to Arms Brewing Company. All are welcome. Tickets are $10. You'll receive one drink ticket good for a pint of Colorado craft beer and light snacks. You can buy your tickets here. I hope to see you there!
— Kati Weis, Chalkbeat Colorado intern
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DOCUMENTS Many refugee students register for school using the wrong birthdate. Advocates urge Aurora district to change how it verifies age. Chalkbeat
ELECTION 2019 A Denver graduate who has spent her career working for organizations that aim to improve the lives of children, including the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Mile High United Way, and now Scholars Unlimited, is running for school board. Chalkbeat
HARD CHOICES School districts often face financial challenges after charter schools open in large numbers, according to a growing body of research. But the effect may be less significant in states like Colorado that have seen their student population increase. Chalkbeat
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS Aurora Public Schools Foundation is working to help students in Aurora Public Schools navigate the college admissions process and attend the school of their dreams. 9 News
NEVER GIVE UP Here’s a story about how a once-custodian eventually became a principal in the same school district: Denver Public Schools. He’s worked just about every job in between, too. CNN via The Denver Channel
BITING THE BUDGET After losing more than 1,000 students last year, the Colorado Springs School District 11 had to make some tough decisions — eliminating some 100 positions and cutting a night school program. But the cuts may not have been as bad as originally predicted. The Gazette
THAT’S NOT ALL There’s a similar situation in Cherry Creek schools. The normally wealthy district faces a shrinking student body and $3.5 million budget deficit that could jeopardize the quality of future teacher salaries. Sentinel
CHILD CARE CRISIS Although Congress dramatically increased federal funding for child care last year, advocates say receiving programs are only able to serve one in every six eligible children. The House is going to consider a bill this week that could address that issue. The 74 Million