Rise & Shine: After criticism, Denver will change how it rates elementary schools

RIGHT MEASURE After civil rights groups criticized how Denver Public Schools rates elementary schools – charging that the ratings obscured poor results in early literacy – the district made changes to its system. Chalkbeat

BACK IN THE SADDLE A Republican vacancy committee chose Debora Scheffel by acclamation to serve the rest of Pam Mazanec’s term on the State Board of Education. Scheffel previously represented the 6th Congressional District on the board, but lost that seat to Democrat Rebecca McClellan in 2016. Chalkbeat

HAIR OF THE DOG Schools in Arkansas are still suspending students for truancy, which seems maybe just a little contradictory, even though state law bans it. Chalkbeat

DANGER ZONE Some Colorado schools are participating in a program called “Hot Spot Mapping” in which students circle on a map the places in their school building where they feel unsafe. Schools have added lights and security cameras and even moved locker rooms in response to the findings. CBS 4

AFTERMATH After a 2013 shooting at Arapahoe High School left two dead, Colorado passed a law that holds schools liable for missing warning signs. The result has been a big increase in threat assessments, and the process sometimes requires schools to shift out of the mindset that their job is to help students. CPR

A former North High student wrote an open letter to Kyle Clark explaining why he could have been a school shooter and what made the difference. 9 News

Reports to Colorado’s Safe2Tell hotline have increased in 2018. Fox 31

State Sen. Larry Crowder, a Republican from Alamosa, wants to ask voters to pay for an armed guard at every Colorado school. Pueblo Chieftain

Teachers traded DIY tips for protecting their students from shooters on Twitter. The Trace

A Fort Collins company makes bullet-resistant shields that children can carry in their backpacks. ABC 7