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Rise & Shine: Aurora Public Schools breaks ground on new science and tech charter school

Happy Monday.

In today's Rise & Shine, an interesting look at how entire school districts are now officially partnering with Khan Academy, a popular online program that provides lessons for students. The organization is a nonprofit, and knows that can be a selling point, despite little evidence that the material helps students.

Also, in other stuff you might have missed this weekend, a principal in Denver had to send a note home to parents after a student stabbed two staff members after school recently, two stories about this year's college enrollment, and also a school district in Pueblo will ask voters for more local revenue.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter


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E-LEARNING Khan Academy is now selling its services to districts — though there is little concrete evidence of Khan Academy’s ability to help students academically. The organization is banking that its nonprofit status will be a selling point. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY A fourth-grade student at Ellis Elementary School stabbed two staff members in the arms with a stick during an after-school program. Denver Post

DIVERSITY This fall’s incoming class at CU Boulder is the most diverse yet, with total enrollment for students of color at more than 7,800, up 7% from fall 2018. Denver Post

ENROLLMENT After 12 years of record-setting student growth, lower-than-expected enrollment at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs means the school will use emergency funds to offset decreased revenue. Gazette

CHARTERS Aurora Public Schools breaks ground on new science and tech charter school. Aurora Sentinel

FACILITIES To improve infrastructure and life safety features at all 24 district sites — including three charter schools — the D70 board of education agreed to place ballot measure 4B, a $60 million bond, before voters. Pueblo Chieftain

BACK ON THE GROUND Susan Payne, who founded Safe2Tell, which is now being replicated in other states, is back in Colorado Springs as Cheyenne Mountain School District 12’s first director of safety and security. Gazette