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Rise & Shine: Lafayette teacher cited for child abuse in Pledge of Allegiance episode

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In our roundup today, we have a story from Chalkbeat's national team about how Bill and Melinda Gates are rethinking the thrust of their philanthropy, which has long focused on education. We also have the latest on the Boulder Valley physical education teacher who was put on leave earlier this month after she allegedly assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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— Ann Schimke, community editor

PHILANTHROPIC SHIFT Bill and Melinda Gates say they are rethinking how they address poverty in the U.S. — a move that could have them expand their influential philanthropic efforts beyond education. Chalkbeat

TROUBLE The Boulder Valley physical education teacher placed on administrative leave earlier this month on suspicion that she assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has been cited for child abuse and assault. Times-Call

NEW CHARTER Boulder’s Summit Middle School recently submitted its formal application for a new charter high school to the Boulder Valley School District, asking the district to help with a school site. Daily Camera

TRUANCY PROBLEM A quarter of Pueblo City Schools students are chronically absent, though that’s an improvement from last year. Pueblo Chieftain

OPINION The Denver Post editorial board supports a new funding formula to address inequities in how Colorado schools are funded. Denver Post

DREAMER DREAMS A young immigrant who has benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program dreams of running for office  in Colorado some day. High Country News