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Rise & Shine: These startups want to be the Uber and Lyft of early childhood education

Good morning!

After a week of gloom and wet, the sun is shining again.

At some point in elementary school, an AV cart was wheeled into our classroom, and we watched a short movie about a planet where it rains all the time and the sun only emerges for one hour every seven years. One child, bullied by the others, is locked in a closet during that hour and misses her chance to see and feel the sun. Based on the Ray Radbury short story "All Summer in a Day," this movie left a deep and lasting impression on young me.

I've lived in the West long enough now to welcome the rain, but also long enough to feel like the residents of that sodden planet if the rain goes on for more than a day or two.

So welcome back to the sun, and welcome to another Friday edition of Rise & Shine.

We've got a fascinating story from Ann about a group of startups looking to do for in-home daycare what Uber and Lyft did for ride-sharing. By providing a range of services, supplies, and supports, they hope to get tens of thousands of people to offer child care in their homes and ease a severe shortage of high-quality spots for young children. What would it take to get you to turn your home into a child care center?

We've also got a disturbing report about the long-term consequences of holding students back in middle school and a more optimistic one about controversial teacher evaluation systems.

Read on.

– Erica Meltzer, bureau chief


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DISRUPTING DAYCARE The Colorado-based company MyVyllage is one of growing cadre of for-profit and nonprofit groups trying to do for child care what companies like Uber and Lyft did for ride-sharing. By making it easier and more lucrative to open and run a high-quality home-based child care center, they hope tens of thousands of new providers will enter this notoriously tough business. Chalkbeat

TOUGH LOVE There was a big push in the 2000s to stop the practice of social promotion. We were doing children no favors, policymakers argued, by passing them to the next grade when they didn’t have the necessary skills to succeed. Now new research shows what happened to middle school students from this era who were held back for their own good. They dropped out of school at much higher rates than their peers. Chalkbeat

GRADING THE GRADE Controversial teacher evaluation systems used in Tennessee, Newark, Denver, and other places have generated real and measurable progress for students, according to a new analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality. This finding is contradicted by other studies that have found limited benefit to the massive overhaul of the teacher evaluation system adopted in many districts and states. Chalkbeat EdWeek

ONLINE EXCEPTION Online schools in Colorado and around the country have a spotty track record, but 70 Online in Pueblo County can boast a high ranking from the state along with growing enrollment. Chieftain