Rise & Shine: Two Pikes Peak districts to collaborate on vocational education center

ACCESS TO STEM A Chalkbeat analysis, the first of its kind in the state, found that two out of every seven students in the responding districts have access to a STEM education. Advocates say that isn’t enough to meet demand. Chalkbeat Colorado

‘ALL-IN ON STEM’ How the St. Vrain Valley School District has embraced STEM as a way of life, including through a new P-TECH program. Chalkbeat Colorado

FIRST PERSON An Aurora high school student on how a STEM education will help him build a better water system for Ethiopia, where his family is from. Chalkbeat Colorado

HOW I TEACH An award-winning Colorado STEM teacher shares her secrets, including this one: Have an amazing playlist of music to listen to while you grade! Mine is named “FUN.” Chalkbeat Colorado

TOP JOB The longtime CEO of a Denver-based youth development organization has been named the new leader of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Chalkbeat Colorado

NO PANIC Colorado school officials say they’re armed with federal guidance about how to handle Zika if it pops up among students, but so far it hasn’t been an issue. Chalkbeat Colorado

OPINION The Greeley Tribune editorial board isn’t happy that the state education department quietly changed its rules for suppressing certain test scores. Greeley Tribune

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION Two Pikes Peak school districts will work together to build a national training center for skilled trades, starting with woodworking and expanding to metals, construction, automotive and possibly others. Gazette

REJECTED The Douglas County school board did not formally accept the resignation of board member Doug Benevento after three other members expressed concerns that he gave up his seat early to give a replacement a political advantage. Douglas County News-Press

HOME SWEET HOME A Loveland charter school plans to spend $20 million on two campuses, one for elementary students and another for secondary students. Loveland Reporter-Herald

HEALTHY SCHOOLS Broncos cheerleaders, mascot Miles and singer Jordin Sparks got kids at Allendale Elementary School in Arvada dancing and jumping around their gym as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Denver Post, 9News