Rise & Shine: State allows school staff to dispense over-the-counter medicine

FIRST PERSON A black male Denver Public Schools teacher shares his experience being often the only teacher of both his race and gender identity in schools he’s worked at throughout Colorado. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH A high school math teacher from Colorado Springs talks about what she learned after calling a student’s mother about his behavior. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL BARRIERS Families who use private school vouchers are generally happy with their choice, according to a new study. But for some poor families, the vouchers do not cover the full cost of private school tuition. Chalkbeat

MORE MEDICINE A new state law allows teachers or school administrators to provide over-the-counter medications to minors, as long as they have been properly trained and have parental permission. Denver Post

OUT OF POLITICS Mesa County School District staff have been urged not to advocate during work hours for upcoming ballot measures that would pump more than $120 million into the district. Grand Junction Sentinel

SPORTS SAFETY Colorado ranks last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in high school sports safety policy, according to a new study — but the state’s High School Activities Association says it did not participate in the examination. Denver Post